|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
In a flash he knew why he had been left in that little
valley by Gernois; but there had been a hitch in the
arrangements--the men had come too late. Closer and closer came
the footsteps. Tarzan halted and faced them, his rifle ready in
his hand. Now he caught a fleeting glimpse of a white burnoose.
He called aloud in French, asking what they would of him.
His reply was the flash of a long gun, and with the sound of
the shot Tarzan of the Apes plunged forward upon his face.
The Arabs did not rush out immediately; instead, they
waited to be sure that their victim did not rise. Then they
came rapidly from their concealment, and bent over him.
The Return of Tarzan
|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 Red Inn by Honore de Balzac:
the staircase I met Mademoiselle Taillefer, whom a footman had come to
"Oh!" she said to me, weeping, "what has my poor father ever done to
deserve such suffering?--so kind as he is!"
I accompanied her downstairs and assisted her in getting into the
carriage, and there I saw her father bent almost double.
Mademoiselle Taillefer tried to stifle his moans by putting her
handkerchief to his mouth; unhappily he saw me; his face became even
more distorted, a convulsive cry rent the air, and he gave me a
dreadful look as the carriage rolled away.
That dinner, that evening exercised a cruel influence on my life and