|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
of the South.
All was Sunday bustle in the streets and in the public-house, as
all had been Sabbath peace among the mountains. There must have
been near a score of us at dinner by eleven before noon; and after
I had eaten and drunken, and sat writing up my journal, I suppose
as many more came dropping in one after another, or by twos and
threes. In crossing the Lozere I had not only come among new
natural features, but moved into the territory of a different race.
These people, as they hurriedly despatched their viands in an
intricate sword-play of knives, questioned and answered me with a
degree of intelligence which excelled all that I had met, except
|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 Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Yes, sir. She said that she had locked a burglar in a closet, and
to come and get him, and I did so," and O'Ryan expanded his chest
with an air of satisfaction as be glanced about the morgue.
"Did the burglar resist arrest?"
"No, sir; he came very peaceably and not a word out of him."
"Had you any idea that the burglar was not what he seemed?"
"Devil an idea, begging your pardon - O'Ryan remembered hastily
where he was. "The burglar looked the part he was masquerading,
and his make-up was perfect," ended O'Ryan with relish. "Never
gave me a hint he was a gentleman and a bank cashier in disguise."
Kent, who had arrived at the morgue a few minutes before the
The Red Seal