|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:
glance of fiery eyes had impelled his gaze. He recognized Silvertip, the
Shawnee chief. The Indian sat motionless on a powerful black horse. Jim
started again, for the horse was Joe's thoroughbred, Lance. But Jim had no
further time to think of Joe's enemy, for Heckewelder stepped back.
Jim took the vacated seat, and, with a far-reaching, resonant voice began his
discourse to the Indians.
"Chieftains, warriors, maidens, children of the forest, listen, and your ears
shall hear no lie. I am come from where the sun rises to tell you of the Great
Spirit of the white man.
"Many, many moons ago, as many as blades of grass grow on yonder plain, the
Great Spirit of whom I shall speak created the world. He made the sparkling
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 Little Britain by Washington Irving:
acquaintances; but the Trotters were not to be distanced.
When the Lambs appeared with two feathers in their hats, the
Miss Trotters mounted four, and of twice as fine colors. If the
Lambs gave a dance, the Trotters were sure not to be
behindhand: and though they might not boast of as good
company, yet they had double the number, and were twice as
The whole community has at length divided itself into
fashionable factions, under the banners of these two families.
The old games of Pope-Joan and Tom-come-tickle-me are
entirely discarded; there is no such thing as getting up an