|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
letters; she's for the world, the bright rich world of bribes and
rewards. And the world will take hold of her - it will carry her
"It will try - but it's just a case in which there may be a fight.
It would be worth fighting, for a man who had it in him, with youth
and talent on his side."
These words rang not a little in Paul Overt's consciousness - they
held him briefly silent. "It's a wonder she has remained as she
is; giving herself away so - with so much to give away."
"Remaining, you mean, so ingenuous - so natural? Oh she doesn't
care a straw - she gives away because she overflows. She has her
|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 A Straight Deal by Owen Wister:
"Oh, but you are an American. It doesn't apply."
But had I been English, it would have been something like coming to
dinner without your collar.
That is why I think that, had my friend in the train begun his question
about the buildings by saying that he was an American, the answer would
have been different. Not all the English yet, but many more than there
were fifty or even twenty years ago, have ceased to apply their rules to
About 1874 a friend of mine from New York was taken to a London Club.
Into the room where he was came the Prince of Wales, who took out a
cigar, felt for and found no matches, looked about, and there was a