|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
But she didn't respond.
"Of his hand--his poker hand," I explained.
"Poker hand?" She remained honestly vague.
It rejoiced me to be the first to tell her. "You haven't heard of Master
John's last performance? Well, finding himself forced by that
immeasurable old Aunt Josephine of yours to shake hands, he shook 'em all
right, but he took thirty dollars away as a little set-off for his pious
"Oh!" she murmured, overwhelmed with astonishment. Then she broke into
one of her delicious peals of laughter.
"Anybody," I said, "likes a boy who plays a hand--and a fist--to that
|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 Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
presents, for the old soldier had set aside a sum for the purchase of
plate. Thanks to these contributions, even an exacting Parisian would
have been pleased with the rooms the young couple had taken in the Rue
Saint-Dominique, near the Invalides. Everything seemed in harmony with
their love, pure, honest, and sincere.
At last the great day dawned--for it was to be a great day not only
for Wenceslas and Hortense, but for old Hulot too. Madame Marneffe was
to give a house-warming in her new apartment the day after becoming
Hulot's mistress /en titre/, and after the marriage of the lovers.
Who but has once in his life been a guest at a wedding-ball? Every
reader can refer to his reminiscences, and will probably smile as he