|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:
the chateau. I'll go in and see his Excellency. Where did you say he
left the coach?"
"At the top of the mountain."
"I don't know what to make of it!"
"After all," thought Georges, "though I did blague him, I didn't say
"Why have you come here?" asked the steward.
"I have brought the deed of sale for the farm at Moulineaux, all ready
"Good heavens!" exclaimed the steward, "I don't understand one word of
|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 One Basket by Edna Ferber:
She leaned forward, earnestly. "You go back to the farm."
He turned up his palms with a little gesture of defeat. "I
"You can't stay here. It's killing you. It's poisoning you.
Did you ever hear of toxins? That means poisons, and you're
poisoning yourself. You'll die of it. You've got another twenty
years of work in you. What's ailing you? You go back to your
wheat and your apples and your hogs. There isn't a bigger job in
the world than that."
For a moment his face took on a glow from the warmth of her own
inspiring personality. But it died again. When they rose to go,