|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
those wild flowers in her hair! It is as if one of the fairies,
whom we left in dear old England, had decked her out to meet us.
It was with a feeling which neither of them had
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|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 Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie:
the bonds and fetters? Why not let this kind gentleman here cut
my throat without delay?"
"Garn," said Number 14 unexpectedly. "Think we're as green as to
do you in here, and have the police nosing round? Not 'alf!
We've ordered the carriage for your lordship to-morrow mornin',
but in the meantime we're not taking any chances, see!"
"Nothing," said Tommy, "could be plainer than your words--unless
it was your face."
"Stow it," said Number 14.
"With pleasure," replied Tommy. "You're making a sad
mistake--but yours will be the loss."