|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:
Mrs. Wood wrote those eight not maturely considered pages to the
"Tut, tut, tut!" said the great-aunt as she read them. Her face
was much more severe today. "You'd suppose," she said, "that the
girl had been kidnapped! Why, she has kept him waiting three
years!" And then she read more, but soon put the letter down with
laughter. For Mrs. Wood had repeated in writing that early
outburst of hers about a savage with knives and pistols. "Law!"
said the great-aunt. "Law, what a fool Lizzie is!"
So she sat down and wrote to Mrs. Wood a wholesome reply about
putting a little more trust in her own flesh and blood, and
|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 McTeague by Frank Norris:
feeling of uneasiness and vague apprehension. Soon they
would all be gone.
"Well, Trina," exclaimed Mr. Sieppe, "goot-py; perhaps you
gome visit us somedime."
Mrs. Sieppe began crying again.
"Ach, Trina, ven shall I efer see you again?"
Tears came to Trina's eyes in spite of herself. She put her
arms around her mother.
"Oh, sometime, sometime," she cried. The twins and Owgooste
clung to Trina's skirts, fretting and whimpering.
McTeague was miserable. He stood apart from the group, in a