|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
compare all the victories in the Pythian and Olympian games put
together, with one of these enterprises of Pelopidas, of which he
successfully performed so many?"
 "To bind about the brows of states happiness as a coronal."
And this, too, is worth noting: that the buccaneer by sea, the
privateersman, through long practice in endurance, is able to live at
the expense of far superior powers. Yes, and the life of the
freebooter is no less natural and appropriate to landsmen--I do not
say, to those who can till and gather in the fruit of their fields,
but to those who find themselves deprived of sustenance; since there
is no alternative--either men must till their fields or live on the
|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 Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
with conscious pride in her power. It was the knowledge that she could save.
When she kissed his hand, and knelt before him, she expressed a tender
She had claimed questionable right of an Indian maiden; she asked what no
Indian dared refuse a chief's daughter; she took the paleface for her husband.
Her action was followed by an impressive silence. She remained kneeling.
Wingenund resumed his slow march to and fro. Silvertip retired to his corner
with gloomy face. The others bowed their heads as if the maiden's decree was
Once more the chieftain's sonorous command rang out. An old Indian, wrinkled
and worn, weird of aspect, fanciful of attire, entered the lodge and waved his
The Spirit of the Border