|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
one, even your mistress."
She pressed his hand; he stood for a moment watching her with an
almost paternal air as she ran with the lightness of a bird up the
portico; then he slipped behind the bushes, like an actor darting
behind the scenes as the curtain rises on a tragedy.
"Do you know, Merle," said Gerard as they reached the chateau, "that
this place looks to me like a mousetrap?"
"So I think," said the captain, anxiously.
The two officers hastened to post sentinels to guard the gate and the
causeway; then they examined with great distrust the precipitous banks
|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 Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
land had been burned over. On the banks of a babbling brook which wound its
way through this open space, the hunter found tracks which brought an.
exclamation from him. Clearly defined in the soft earth was the impress of a
white man's moccasin. The footprints of an Indian toe inward. Those of a white
man are just the opposite. A little farther on Wetzel came to a slight
crushing of the moss, where he concluded some heavy body had fallen. As he had
seen the tracks of a buck and doe all the way down the brook he thought it
probable one of them had been shot by the white hunter. He found a pool of
blood surrounded by moccasin prints; and from that spot the trail led straight
toward the west, showing that for some reason the Indians had changed their