|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Pool of Blood in the Pastor's Study by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
But the expectations aroused by his coming were not fulfilled. The
notary knew no more than the others although he had been one of the
searchers in the rectory. But he was in no haste to disclose his
ignorance, and sat wrapped in a dignified silence until some one
found courage to question him.
"Was there nothing stolen?" he was asked.
"No, nothing as far as we can tell yet. But if it was the gypsies
- as may be likely - they are content with so little that it would
not be noticed."
Gypsies?" exclaimed one man scornfully. "It doesn't have to be
gypsies, we've got enough tramps and vagabonds of our own. Didn't
|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 An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac:
Peyrade remarked that the corporal of Arcis had sent no news of Michu
or of Violette.
"We are dealing with very able people," said Corentin; "they are
stronger than we. The priest no doubt has a finger in all this."
Just as the mayor's wife was ushering her guests into a vast dining-
room (without any fire) the lieutenant of gendarmes arrived with an
"We met the horse of the corporal of Arcis in the forest without his
master," he said to Peyrade.
"Lieutenant," cried Corentin, "go instantly to Michu's house and find
out what is going on there. They must have murdered the corporal."