|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
on the young man's shoulder. "I was wondering what gave you that older and
graver look. It's hard, lad, but it's the way of life."
"I have come back to get my old place with you, Col. Zane, if you will give it
"I will, and can promise you more in the future. I am going to open a road
through to Maysville, Kentucky, and start several new settlements along the
river. I will need young men, and am more than glad you have returned."
"Thank you, Col. Zane. That is more than I could have hoped for."
Alfred caught sight of a trim figure in a gray linsey gown coming down the
road. There were several young people approaching, but he saw only Betty. By
some evil chance Betty walked with Ralfe Miller, and for some mysterious
|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 O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
vict's pen scratched busily in the big book, and
his sharp shoulders were shaken every few
seconds by a loose cough which he tried to
smother. It was easy to see that he was a sick
man. Alexandra looked at him timidly, but he
did not once raise his eyes. He wore a white
shirt under his striped jacket, a high collar, and
a necktie, very carefully tied. His hands were
thin and white and well cared for, and he had a
seal ring on his little finger. When he heard
steps approaching in the corridor, he rose,