|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
in the lodge. Thomas came just inside the door and stood with
his head drooping, his eyes, under their shaggy gray brows, fixed
on Mr. Jamieson.
"Thomas," said the detective, not unkindly, "I sent for you to
tell us what you told Sam Bohannon at the club, the day before
Mr. Arnold was found here, dead. Let me see. You came here
Friday night to see Miss Innes, didn't you? And came to work
here Saturday morning?"
For some unexplained reason Thomas looked relieved.
"Yas, sah," he said. "You see it were like this: When Mistah
Armstrong and the fam'ly went away, Mis' Watson an' me, we was
The Circular Staircase
|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 Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
bell ringing. Even as she lay striving to listen, she dozed off
again, to be rudely awakened by Helen's voice at her ear.
"Babs!" came the agitated whisper. "The envelope's gone."
"Gone!" Barbara swung out of bed.
"Father has it."
Downstairs in the library Mrs. Brewster paused on her entrance by
the side of a piece of carved Venetian furniture and laying her
coronation scarf on it, she examined a white envelope - the red
seal was intact.
At the sound of approaching footsteps she raised a trap door in
The Red Seal