|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
rattling blades; and, leaving their baggage at the station, passed
the day in beer saloons, and with congenial spirits, until midnight
struck. Then they applied themselves to find a lodging, and walked
the streets till two, knocking at houses of entertainment and being
refused admittance, or themselves declining the terms. By two the
inspiration of their liquor had begun to wear off; they were weary
and humble, and after a great circuit found themselves in the same
street where they had begun their search, and in front of a French
hotel where they had already sought accommodation. Seeing the house
still open, they returned to the charge. A man in a white cap sat in
an office by the door. He seemed to welcome them more warmly than
|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 Europeans by Henry James:
It was making, to Mr. Brand's astonished eyes, a very pretty blaze;
his second emotion had been a gratification of vanity.
"Thank me for telling you," Felix rejoined. "It 's a good thing to know."
"I am not sure of that," said Mr. Brand.
"Ah, don't let her languish!" Felix murmured, lightly and softly.
"You do advise me, then?" And Mr. Brand looked up.
"I congratulate you!" said Felix, smiling. He had thought at first his
visitor was simply appealing; but he saw he was a little ironical.
"It is in your interest; you have interfered with me,"
the young clergyman went on.
Felix still stood and smiled. The little room had grown darker,