|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
That night as he lay securely bound in the corner of a lodge, and the long
hours wore slowly away, he strained at his stout bonds, and in his mind
revolved different plans of escape. It was not in this man's nature to
despair; while he had life he would fight. From time to time he expanded his
muscles, striving to loosen the wet buckskin thongs.
The dark hours slowly passed, no sound coming to him save the distant bark of
a dog and the monotonous tread of his guard; a dim grayness pervaded the
lodge. Dawn was close at hand--his hour was nearly come.
Suddenly his hearing, trained to a most acute sensibility, caught a faint
sound, almost inaudible. It came from without on the other side of the lodge.
There it was again, a slight tearing sound, such as is caused by a knife when
The Spirit of the Border
|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 Hermione's Little Group of Serious Thinkers by Don Marquis:
a vers libre poet, a Prophet of the Virile, a Little
Brother of the Cosmic Urge, is compelled by what
his verse is to stride vigorously across rooms as if
they were vast desert places, in spite of what
his toes are. He strode magnificently, tri-
umphantly, to the window and flung the shade
up and looked out at the amorphous mist creep-
ing in across the roofs. The crawling fog must
have suggested his great, gray Dread, for presently
he turned away with a shudder and sank upon a
couch and moaned.