|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
early history is lost in the mist of antiquity, and whose streets
are pervaded with odours which must have originated at the same
time with the village. One wishes that they also might have shared
the fate of its early history. But it is not fair to expect too
much of a small place, and Windisch-Matrei has certainly a
beautiful situation and a good inn. There I took my guide--a wiry
and companionable little man, whose occupation in the lower world
was that of a maker and merchant of hats--and set out for the
Pragerhutte, a shelter on the side of the Gross-Venediger.
The path led under the walls of the old Castle of Weissenstein, and
then in steep curves up the cliff which blocks the head of the
|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 The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
into it. And Mary--!"
"Oh, it is dreadful--I know what you are going to say --he didn't
return your transcript of the pretended test-remark."
"No--kept it to destroy us with. Mary, he has exposed us to some
already. I know it--I know it well. I saw it in a dozen faces
after church. Ah, he wouldn't answer our nod of recognition--he
knew what he had been doing!"
In the night the doctor was called. The news went around in the
morning that the old couple were rather seriously ill--prostrated by
the exhausting excitement growing out of their great windfall, the
congratulations, and the late hours, the doctor said. The town was
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg