|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
"To-day!" cried the king in terror.
"Compose yourself, sire," replied Coyctier. "I am here. Try not to
fret your mind; find some way to amuse yourself."
"Ah!" said the king, "my daughter Marie used to succeed in that
As he spoke, Imbert de Bastarnay, sire of Montresor and Bridore,
rapped softly on the royal door. On receiving the king's permission he
entered and announced the Comte and Comtesse de Saint-Vallier. Louis
XI. made a sign. Marie appeared, followed by her old husband, who
allowed her to pass in first.
"Good-day, my children," said the king.
|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 Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
"He is away somewhere?"
"Do you know where he is?"
"I believe he has gone to see Mlle. Gautier's sister."
"What does he want there?"
"He has gone to get her authority to have the corpse dug up again
and put somewhere else."
"Why won't he let it remain here?"
"You know, sir, people have queer notions about dead folk. We see
something of that every day. The ground here was only bought for
five years, and this young gentleman wants a perpetual lease and