|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Fisherman's Luck by Henry van Dyke:
dainty than grows in the tropics, to melt upon the lips and fill the
mouth with pleasure.
But that is what these cold northern woods will not offer. They are
too reserved, too lofty, too puritanical to make provision for the
grosser wants of humanity. They are not friendly to luxury.
Just then, as I shifted my head to find a softer pillow of moss
after this philosophic and immoral reflection, Nature gave me her
silent answer. Three wild strawberries, nodding on their long
stems, hung over my face. It was an invitation to taste and see
that they were good.
The berries were not the round and rosy ones of the meadow, but the
|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 The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
turned his attention toward her companion.
"Who are you?" he demanded gruffly. In the darkness
he failed to recognize the American whom he thought dead
"A servant of the house of Von der Tann," replied Barney.
"You deserve shooting," growled the officer, "but we'll
leave that to Prince Peter and the king. When I tell them
the trouble you have caused us--well, God help you."
The journey to Blentz was a short one. They had been
much nearer that grim fortress than either had guessed. At
the outskirts of the town they were challenged by Austrian
The Mad King