|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Awakening & Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin:
Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Reisz had increased tenfold
since these unlooked-for obstacles had arisen to thwart it.
She was wondering who could give her the information she sought,
when it suddenly occurred to her that Madame Lebrun would be
the one most likely to do so. She knew it was useless to ask
Madame Ratignolle, who was on the most distant terms with
the musician, and preferred to know nothing concerning her.
She had once been almost as emphatic in expressing herself
upon the subject as the corner grocer.
Edna knew that Madame Lebrun had returned to the city, for it
was the middle of November. And she also knew where the Lebruns
Awakening & Selected Short Stories
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
with the bush of the red whiskers, and bestridden by the
spectacles. 'Capriccio in B-flat on the departure of a friend,'
said he, continuing his noiseless evolutions.
Indignation awoke in the mind of Pitman. 'Those spectacles were
to be mine,' he cried. 'They are an essential part of my
'I am going to wear them myself,' replied Michael; and he added,
with some show of truth, 'There would be a devil of a lot of
suspicion aroused if we both wore spectacles.'
'O, well,' said the assenting Pitman, 'I rather counted on them;
but of course, if you insist. And at any rate, here is the cart