|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
This time he missed by inches. The spear flew just past the
shoulder of the king and caught one who stood behind him full in
the face. The stricken savage threw his arms spasmodically above
his head, reeling forward against the king.
There was a startled movement along the black line; hands were
outstretched in a vain effort at rescue; a savage cry burst from
Harry's lips, and the next instant the king had toppled over the
edge of the chasm and fallen into the bottomless pit below.
Harry turned, quivering from head to foot.
"Little enough," he said between his teeth, and again he knelt
beside the body of Desiree and took her in his arms.
|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 Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
his mind. He flashed her a sidelong glance, the long white fingers of
his right hand toying thoughtfully with a ringlet of the dark brown
hair that fell upon the shoulders of his scarlet coat.
"Surely, madam," he answered dryly, "what concerns a man may well
concern his wife."
She bowed her head, her eyes upon the road before her. "True," said
she, her voice expressionless. "I had forgot."
He reined in and turned to look at her; her horse moved on a pace or
two, then came to a halt, apparently of its own accord.
"I do protest," said he, "you treat me less kindly than I deserve."
He urged his mare forward until he had come up with her again, and