|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories by Alice Dunbar:
also tin horns, some guitars, an accordion, and a quartet of much
praised voices. The hay in the bottom of the wagon was freely
mixed with pine needles, whose prickiness through your hose was
amply compensated for by its delicious fragrance.
After a triumphantly noisy passage down the beach one comes to
the stretch of heavy sand that lies between Pass Christian proper
and Henderson's Point. This is a hard pull for the mules, and
the more ambitious riders get out and walk. Then, after a final
strain through the shifting sands, bravo! the shell road is
reached, and one goes cheering through the pine-trees to
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories
|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 Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson:
countenance; what was in his mind, God knows, or perhaps Satan
All of a sudden, on a still day of what they call the Indian
Summer, when the woods were changed into gold and pink and scarlet,
the Master laid down his needle and burst into a fit of merriment.
I think he must have been preparing it a long while in silence, for
the note in itself was pretty naturally pitched; but breaking
suddenly from so extreme a silence, and in circumstances so averse
from mirth, it sounded ominously on my ear.
"Henry," said he, "I have for once made a false step, and for once
you have had the wit to profit by it. The farce of the cobbler