|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Troll Garden and Selected Stories by Willa Cather:
chair and looked keenly about him. Suddenly his eye fell upon a
large photograph of his brother above the piano. Then it all
became clear to him: this was veritably his brother's room. If
it were not an exact copy of one of the many studios that
Adriance had fitted up in various parts of the world, wearying of
them and leaving almost before the renovator's varnish had dried,
it was at least in the same tone. In every detail Adriance's
taste was so manifest that the room seemed to exhale his
Among the photographs on the wall there was one of Katharine
Gaylord, taken in the days when Everett had known her, and when
The Troll Garden and Selected 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 Dracula by Bram Stoker:
Then the beautiful eyes of the fair woman open and look love,
and the voluptuous mouth present to a kiss, and the man is weak.
And there remain one more victim in the Vampire fold.
One more to swell the grim and grisly ranks of the Undead!. . .
There is some fascination, surely, when I am moved by the mere
presence of such an one, even lying as she lay in a tomb fretted
with age and heavy with the dust of centuries, though there
be that horrid odor such as the lairs of the Count have had.
Yes, I was moved. I, Van Helsing, with all my purpose and
with my motive for hate. I was moved to a yearning for delay
which seemed to paralyze my faculties and to clog my very soul.