|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Sarrasine by Honore de Balzac:
"You have not yet given me the right to obey you when you say, 'I wish
"At this moment," she said, with an exhibition of coquetry of the sort
that drives men to despair, "I have a most violent desire to know this
secret. To-morrow it may be that I will not listen to you."
She smiled and we parted, she still as proud and as cruel, I as
ridiculous, as ever. She had the audacity to waltz with a young aide-
de-camp, and I was by turns angry, sulky, admiring, loving, and
"Until to-morrow," she said to me, as she left the ball about two
o'clock in the morning.
|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 Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
pupil's mighty sword arm.
The little army had been marching for some hours
when the advance guard halted a party bound south
upon a crossroad. There were some twenty or thirty
men, mostly servants, and a half dozen richly garbed
As Norman of Torn drew rein beside them he saw
that the leader of the party was a very handsome man
of about his own age, and evidently a person of dis-
tinction; a profitable prize, thought the outlaw.
"Who are you," said the gentleman, in French, "that
The Outlaw of Torn