|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Indifferently I groped for it, thinking it but some new
invention of my jailers to add to my sufferings.
At last I found it--a tiny package wrapped in paper, at the
end of a strong and slender cord. As I opened it a few lozenges
fell to the floor. As I gathered them up, feeling of them and
smelling of them, I discovered that they were tablets of
concentrated food such as are quite common in all parts of Barsoom.
Poison! I thought.
The Warlord of Mars
|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 Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
immediately the whole room was possessed by them.
A tiny, insistent cry came from a corner, and Lawton and Eudora
turned toward it. There stood the old wooden cradle in which
Eudora had been rocked to sleep, but over the clumsy hood Eudora
had tacked a fall of rich old lace and a great bow of soft pink
"He is waking up," said the man, in a hushed, almost reverent
Eudora nodded. She went toward the cradle, and the man followed.
She lifted the curtain of lace, and there became visible little
feebly waving pink arms and hands, like tentacles of love, and a