|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
It was a standing pretext for looking at Mr. Brand--always,
as Charlotte thought, in the interest of Gertrude's welfare.
It is true that she felt a tremulous interest in Gertrude being right;
for Charlotte, in her small, still way, was an heroic sister.
"We should be glad to have your portrait, Miss Gertrude,"
said Mr. Brand.
"I should be delighted to paint so charming a model," Felix declared.
"Do you think you are so lovely, my dear?" asked Lizzie Acton,
with her little inoffensive pertness, biting off a knot
in her knitting.
"It is not because I think I am beautiful," said Gertrude,
|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 Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
the elixir of life, and might have been living even to this day
had he thought it worth while to do so.
There was a student at the university whose name was Gebhart, who
was so well acquainted with algebra and geometry that he could
tell at a single glance how many drops of water there were in a
bottle of wine. As for Latin and Greek--he could patter them
off like his A B C's. Nevertheless, he was not satisfied with the
things he knew, but was for learning the things that no schools
could teach him. So one day he came knocking at Nicholas Flamel's
"Come in," said the wise man, and there Gebhart found him sitting