|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Book of Remarkable Criminals by H. B. Irving:
purchase of a large estate for 130,000 livres! The origin of so
enterprising a gentleman is worthy of attention.
Antoine Francois Derues was born at Chartres in 1744; his
father was a corn merchant. His parents died when he was three
years old. For some time after his birth he was assumed to be a
girl; it was not until he was twelve years old that an operation
determined his sex to be masculine. Apprenticed by his relatives
to a grocer, Derues succeeded so well in the business that he was
able in 1770 to set up on his own account in Paris, and in 1772
he married. Among the grocer's many friends and acquaintances
this marriage created something of a sensation, for Derues let it
A Book of Remarkable Criminals
|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 Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
wide-eyed the secrecy of the scene and sensuously inhaling the warm, sweet
breath of the canyon-garden through nostrils that dilated and quivered with
delight. His eyes narrowed to laughing slits of blue, his face wreathed itself
in joy, and his mouth curled in a smile as he cried aloud:
"Jumping dandelions and happy hollyhocks, but that smells good to me! Talk
about your attar o' roses an' cologne factories! They ain't in it!"
He had the habit of soliloquy. His quick-changing facial expressions might
tell every thought and mood, but the tongue, perforce, ran hard after,
repeating, like a second Boswell.
The man lay down on the lip of the pool and drank long and deep of its water.
"Tastes good to me," he murmured, lifting his head and gazing across the pool