|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey:
Eschtah is the wise old chief of all the Navajos on the Painted Desert.
It may interest you to know he is Mescal's grandfather. Some day I'll
tell you the story."
Hare tried very hard to appear unconscious when two tall Indians stalked
into the circle of Mormons; he set his eyes on the white heart of the
camp-fire and waited. For several minutes no one spoke or even moved.
The Indians remained standing for a time; then seated themselves.
Presently August Naab greeted them in the Navajo language. This was a
signal for Hare to use his eyes and ears. Another interval of silence
followed before they began to talk. Hare could see only their blanketed
shoulders and black heads.
The Heritage of the Desert
|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 White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
sibilancy in his voice, due no doubt to the disfigurement of his
lips. "Give Pinkie a chance to shoot his spiel before youse injure
yerself throwin' a fit! Go on, Pinkie, spill it."
"Sure!" said Pinkie eagerly. "Listen, Shluk! It ain't any crib
we're wantin' to crack, or nothin' like that. It's just a couple
of crooks that won't dare open their yaps to the bulls, 'cause what
we're after 'll be what they'll have pinched themselves. See?"
Shluker's face lost some of its belligerency, and in its place a
dawning interest came.
"What's that?" he demanded cautiously. "What crooks?"
"French Pete an' Marny Day," said Pinkie - and grinned.