|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
prosper in the future must put a shoulder to the wheel. Look at me!
Do you suppose it is for my pleasure that I put myself in the highly
invidious position of persecuting a man that I have drawn the sword
alongside of? The choice is not left me."
"But I think, sir, that you forfeited your choice when you mixed in
with that unnatural rebellion," I remarked. "My case is happily
otherwise; I am a true man, and can look either the Duke or King George
in the face without concern."
"Is it so the wind sits?" says he. "I protest you are fallen in the
worst sort of error. Prestongrange has been hitherto so civil (he
tells me) as not to combat your allegations; but you must not think
|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:
more than speak of my grief and regret. I have come to offer proof of
it by service.
"We ask no service of you, sir," said Ruth, her voice a sword of
He sighed, and turned to Richard. "This were folly," he assured his
whilom friend. "You know the influence I wield."
"Do I?" quoth Richard, his tone implying doubt. "You think that the
bungled matter at Newlington's may have shaken it?" quoth Blake. "With
Feversham, perhaps. But Albemarle, remember, trusts me very fully.
There are ugly happenings in the town here. Men are being hung like
linen on a washing-day. Be not too sure that yourself are free from