|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
the Copernican theory of the universe as inconsistent with the
history of Joshua. "Gin the sun doesna muve," said he, "what for
wad Joshua be tellin' him to stond steel? 'A wad suner beleeve
there was a mistak' in the veesible heevens than ae fault in the
Guid Buik." Whereupon we held long discourse of astronomy and
inspiration; but Sandy concluded it with a philosophic word which
left little to be said: "Aweel, yon teelescope is a wonnerful
deescovery; but 'a dinna think the less o' the Baible."
Memory is a capricious and arbitrary creature. You never can tell
|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 Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
her. The knowledge that she could permit herself such follies
had not yet lost its novelty; and somehow, in contrast to the
vague apprehensions of the previous days, it now seemed an
element of her recovered security, of the sense that, as Ned had
said, things in general had never been "righter."
She was still luxuriating in a lavish play of figures when the
parlor-maid, from the threshold, roused her with a dubiously
worded inquiry as to the expediency of serving luncheon. It was
one of their jokes that Trimmle announced luncheon as if she were
divulging a state secret, and Mary, intent upon her papers,
merely murmured an absent-minded assent.