|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
since Issus had degraded him.
The building was roofless, the walls rising to a height of
about thirty feet. Half-way up were a couple of small,
heavily barred windows. The prison was divided into several
rooms by partitions twenty feet high. There was no one in
the room which we occupied, but two doors which led to
other rooms were opened. I entered one of these rooms,
but found it vacant. Thus I continued through several of the
chambers until in the last one I found a young red Martian
boy sleeping upon the stone bench which constituted the only
furniture of any of the prison cells.
The Gods of Mars
|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 Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
something pathetic in this readiness of response; as if she had
heard a starved man talking of the delight of a crust of dry
bread. "I suppose you forgot yourself in that story, whatever it
was," she remarked in a detached tone.
"Yes, it carried me away. But I suppose you know the feeling."
"No. I never knew anything of the kind, not even when I was a
chit of a girl." Lingard seemed to accept this statement as an
assertion of superiority. He inclined his head slightly.
Moreover, she might have said what she liked. What pleased him
most was her not looking at him; for it enabled him to
contemplate with perfect freedom the curve of her cheek, her