|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
Marie's tent; perhaps, as Emil had no sweet-
heart, he would oblige the boys by blowing out
the candle. Emil said he would undertake to do
At five minutes to eleven he sauntered up to
Marie's booth, and the French boys dispersed
to find their girls. He leaned over the card-
table and gave himself up to looking at her.
"Do you think you could tell my fortune?"
he murmured. It was the first word he had
|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 Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
to put yourself in his place, you will also realize how impossible
was any decision save the one to which he says he came, that he
would move, at the first moment that he perceived in what direction
it would serve his real aims to move.
It happened that the first person he saw when he took the stage on
that Thursday evening was Aline; the second was the Marquis de La
Tour d'Azyr. They occupied a box on the right of, and immediately
above, the stage. There were others with them - notably a thin,
elderly, resplendent lady whom Andre-Louis supposed to be Madame
la Comtesse de Sautron. But at the time he had no eyes for any but
those two, who of late had so haunted his thoughts. The sight of