|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
Kate mused over the young man's remark, and began studying his, half-averted
face. She felt warmly drawn to him by the strange expression in the glance he
had given his brother. The tenderness in his eyes did not harmonize with much
of this wild and reckless boy's behavior. To Kate he had always seemed so
bold, so cold, so different from other men, and yet here was proof that Master
Joe loved his brother.
The murmured conversation of the two ministers was interrupted by a low cry
from outside the cabin. A loud, coarse laugh followed, and then a husky voice,
"Hol' on, my purty lass."'
Joe took two long strides, and was on the door-step. He saw Nell struggling
violently in the grasp of the half-drunken teamster.
The Spirit of the Border
|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 Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
checks were the thing in gents' suitings. When the baseball season
opened the girls swarmed on it. Those that didn't understand
baseball pretended they did. When the team was out of town our
form of greeting was changed from, "Good-morning!" or "Howdy-do!"
to "What's the score?" Every night the results of the games
throughout the league were posted up on the blackboard in front of
Schlager's hardware store, and to see the way in which the crowd
stood around it, and streamed across the street toward it, you'd
have thought they were giving away gas stoves and hammock couches.
Going home in the street car after the game the girls used to
gaze adoringly at the dirty faces of their sweat-begrimed heroes,
Buttered Side Down