|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton:
we wouldn't have a cent left. He says he's got to lay by another
hundred dollars before he'll be willing to take me out there."
For a while Ann Eliza pondered this surprising statement; then
she ventured: "Seems to me he might have thought of it before."
In an instant Evelina was aflame. "I guess he knows what's
right as well as you or me. I'd sooner die than be a burden to
Ann Eliza made no answer. The clutch of an unformulated doubt
had checked the words on her lips. She had meant, on the day of
her sister's marriage, to give Evelina the other half of their
common savings; but something warned her not to say so now.
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
bending over the banister to look down upon the sweet face
of Rosa, standing, as it were, in the bright frame of the
door of her chamber, with embarrassed mien at being thus
seen by a stranger.
And at the bottom, quite in the shade, where the details are
absorbed in the obscurity, the mastiff, with his eyes
glistening like carbuncles, and shaking his chain, on which
the double light from the lamp of Rosa and the lantern of
Gryphus threw a brilliant glitter.
The sublime master would, however, have been altogether
unable to render the sorrow expressed in the face of Rosa,
The Black Tulip