|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon:
from a distant crag. She had grown used to his howls.
He had come close to her cabin once in the day-time.
She had tried to creep on him and show her
friendliness. But he had fled in terror at the first
glimpse of her dress through the parting underbrush.
An owl was calling from his dead tree-top down the
valley. She smiled at his familiar, tremulous call.
Her own eyes were wide as his tonight. No sight or
sound of Nature among the crags about her cabin had for
her spirit any terror. The night was her mantle.
She added to the meager living which she had wrung
|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 A Passion in the Desert by Honore de Balzac:
they don't come to an explanation through pride, and quarrel and part
from sheer obstinacy."
"Yet sometimes at the best moments a single word or a look is enough--
but anyhow go on with your story."
"It's horribly difficult, but you will understand, after what the old
villain told me over his champagne. He said--'I don't know if I hurt
her, but she turned round, as if enraged, and with her sharp teeth
caught hold of my leg--gently, I daresay; but I, thinking she would
devour me, plunged my dagger into her throat. She rolled over, giving
a cry that froze my heart; and I saw her dying, still looking at me
without anger. I would have given all the world--my cross even, which