|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
candles. "I recall coming to myself some time after, and that a
girl, a beautiful girl - "
"Ah!" said the lady in yellow, leaning forward breathlessly. Miss
West was staring at me coldly, but, once started, I had to stumble
"That a girl was trying to rouse me, and that she told me I had been
on fire twice already." A shudder went around the table.
"But surely that isn't the end of the story," Mrs. Dallas put in
aggrievedly. "Why, that's the most tantalizing thing I ever heard."
"I'm afraid that's all," I said. "She went her way and I went mine.
If she recalls me at all, she probably thinks of me as a weak-kneed
The Man in Lower Ten
|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 End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad:
before I had been a twelvemonth in the trade I was up
to that trick--and I am only an engineer. I can point
to you from here where the bar is, and I could tell you
besides that you are as likely as not to stick her in the
mud in about five minutes from now; only you would
call it interfering, I suppose. And there's that written
agreement of ours, that says I mustn't interfere."
His voice stopped. Captain Whalley, without relax-
ing the set severity of his features, moved his lips to ask
in a quick mumble--
"How near, Serang?"
End of the Tether