|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Little Britain by Washington Irving:
sturdy John Bullism were garnered up, like seed corn, to renew
the national character, when it had run to waste and
degeneracy. I have rejoiced also in the general spirit of
harmony that prevailed throughout it; for though there might
now and then be a few clashes of opinion between the
adherents of the cheesemonger and the apothecary, and an
occasional feud between the burial societies, yet these were but
transient clouds, and soon passed away. The neighbors met
with good-will, parted with a shake of the hand, and never
abused each other except behind their backs.
I could give rare descriptions of snug junketing parties at
|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 Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
as Benson's place was out of running-order, Black was like a
fish on dry land.
"Wal, if you-all are afraid of the cairds, what will you bet
on?" he asked, in disgust.
"Bill, I'll play you a game of mumbly peg fer two bits."
Black eagerly accepted. Betting to him was a serious matter.
The game obsessed him, not the stakes. He entered into the
mumbly peg contest with a thoughtful mien and a corded brow. He
won. Other comrades tried their luck with him and lost.
Finally, when Bill had exhausted their supply of two-bit pieces
The Lone Star Ranger