|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
a "deh-baschi," or simple commander of ten men. These
two officers wore helmets and half coats-of-mail; little trum-
pets fastened to their saddle-bows were the distinctive signs
of their rank.
The pendja-baschi had been obliged to let his men rest,
fatigued with a long stage. He and the second officer, smok-
ing "beng," the leaf which forms the base of the "has-
chisch," strolled up and down the wood, so that Michael
Strogoff without being seen, could catch and understand
their conversation, which was spoken in the Tartar lan-
|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 A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
That's on your hands? And my! Oh, my!
I guess those eyes have had a cry,
They look so red. What was it, pray?
What has been happening here to-day?
An' then he drops his coat an' hat
Upon a chair, an' says: "What's that?
Who knocked that engine on its back
An' stepped upon that piece of track?"
An' then he takes me on his knee
An' says: "What's this that now I see?
Whatever can the matter be?
A Heap O' Livin'