|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Daughter of Eve by Honore de Balzac:
yes, that would be serious," said Blondet with a tragic air.
"It seems to me from what I hear that you want to play politics
instead of comedies," said Florine, suddenly appearing.
"Yes, my dear, yes," said Raoul, affectionately taking her by the neck
and kissing her forehead. "Don't make faces at that; you won't lose
anything. A minister can do better than a journalist for the queen of
the boards. What parts and what holidays you shall have!"
"Where will you get the money?" she said.
"From my uncle," replied Raoul.
Florine knew Raoul's "uncle." The word meant usury, as in popular
parlance "aunt" means pawn.
|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 Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
few steps to the side of the tyrant of Okar, and I had no eyes
and no thoughts for aught else. A priest opened a book and,
raising his hand, commenced to drone out a sing-song ritual.
Salensus Oll reached for the hand of his bride.
I had intended waiting until some circumstance should give me
a reasonable hope of success; for, even though the entire ceremony
should be completed, there could be no valid marriage while I lived.
What I was most concerned in, of course, was the rescuing of
Dejah Thoris--I wished to take her from the palace of Salensus Oll,
if such a thing were possible; but whether it were accomplished
The Warlord of Mars