|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
the days of his bachelorhood. The placid regiments of cattle lay
in the cool of the cottonwoods by the water, or slowly moved
among the sage-brush, feeding upon the grass that in those
forever departed years was plentiful and tall. The steers came
fat off his unenclosed range and fattened still more in his large
pasture; while his small pasture, a field some eight miles
square, was for several seasons given to the Judge's horses, and
over this ample space there played and prospered the good colts
which he raised from Paladin, his imported stallion. After he
married, I have been assured that his wife's influence became
visible in and about the house at once. Shade trees were planted,
|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 Eve and David by Honore de Balzac:
a garden bench, and keeping an eye upon a little one who was chasing
the hens about.
Lucien came forward. "My good woman," he said, "I am tired out; I have
a fever on me, and I have only three francs; will you undertake to
give me brown bread and milk, and let me sleep in the barn for a week?
I shall have time to write to my people, and they will either come to
fetch me or send me money."
"I am quite willing, always supposing that my husband has no
objection.--Hey! little man!"
The miller came up, gave Lucien a look over, and took his pipe out of
his mouth to remark, "Three francs for a weeks board? You might as