|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
sheets of note-paper, and an old mining notice, dated May
30th, 1879, part print, part manuscript, and the latter much
obliterated by the rains. It was by this identical piece of
paper that the mine had been held last year. For thirteen
months it had endured the weather and the change of seasons
on a cairn behind the shoulder of the canyon; and it was now
my business, spreading it before me on the table, and sitting
on a valise, to copy its terms, with some necessary changes,
twice over on the two sheets of note-paper. One was then to
be placed on the same cairn - a "mound of rocks" the notice
put it; and the other to be lodged for registration.
|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 Paz by Honore de Balzac:
be of some service to you, if you will permit me."
"Why, certainly; pray sit down, general," said Madame Chapuzot;
"nothing could be more straightforward, more gallant."
"But I am not gallant, my good lady," exclaimed Paz. "I am an
unfortunate father who tries to deceive himself by a resemblance."
"Then am I to pass for your daughter?" said Malaga, slyly, and not in
the least suspecting the perfect sincerity of his proposal.
"Yes," said Paz, "and I'll come and see you sometimes. But you shall
be lodged in better rooms, comfortably furnished."
"I shall have furniture!" cried Malaga, looking at Madame Chapuzot.
"And servants," said Paz, "and all you want."