|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
sirs, I am laith to enter into deadly feud with you by spilling
ony of your bluid, though Earnscliff hasna stopped to shed mine
--and he can hit a mark to a groat's breadth--so, to prevent mair
skaith, I am willing to deliver up the prisoner, since nae less
will please you."
"And Hobbie's gear?" cried Simon of Hackburn. "D'ye think
you're to be free to plunder the faulds and byres of a gentle
Elliot, as if they were an auld wife's hens'-cavey?"
"As I live by bread," replied Willie of Westburnflat "As I live
by bread, I have not a single cloot o' them! They're a' ower the
march lang syne; there's no a horn o' them about the tower. But
|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 Philosophy 4 by Owen Wister:
Friday, their landlady would show signs of pleasure; but Mrs. Diggs from
the porch threw an uncordial eye at the three arriving in the buggy.
Here were two more like Johnnie of last night. She knew them by the
clothes they wore and by the confidential tones of her husband's voice
as he chatted to them. He had been old enough to know better for twenty
years. But for twenty years he had taken the same extreme joy in the
company of Johnnies, and they were bad for his health. Her final proof
that they belonged to this hated breed was when Mr. Diggs thumped the
trout down on the porch, and after briefly remarking, "Half of 'em
boiled, and half broiled with bacon," himself led away the gelding to
the stable instead of intrusting it to his man Silas.