|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
in that moment loyally to protect his comrade against the
doom that threatened him. This was the consul's theory.
and if he had been a bookmaker at a race of wits for life
and liberty he would have offered heavy odds against
the plodding sheriff from Chatham County, Kentucky.
When the meal was concluded the Carib woman came
and removed the dishes and cloth. Reeves strewed them
table with excellent cigars, and Plunkett, with the others,
lighted one of these with evident gratification.
"I may be dull," said Morgan, with a grin and a wink
at Bridger; "but I want to know if I am. Now, I say
|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 Koran:
the heavens and the earth and what is between the two, if ye were
but sure. There is no god but He, He quickens and He kills-your Lord
and the Lord of your fathers of yore! Nay, they in doubt do play!
But expect thou the day when the heaven shall bring obvious smoke to
cover men-this is grievous torment!
Our Lord! remove from us the torment; verily, we are believers.
How can they have the reminder (now), when they have had a plain
apostle, and when they turned their backs away from him and said,
'Taught! mad!' Verily, we will remove the torment a little, (but) ye
will surely return!
On the day when we will assault with the great assault, verily, we