|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
been compelled to turn away to save their lives. Perhaps they would both be
lost. For a moment I felt faint, but I fought it off. I had to think of
myself. It was every one for himself, and perhaps there was many a man
caught on Penetier with only a slender chance for life.
"Oh! oh!" I cried, suddenly. "Herky, Bud, and Bill tied helpless in that
cabin! Dick forgot them. They'll be burned to death!"
As I stood there, trembling at the thought of Herky and his comrades bound
hand and foot, the first roar of the forest fire reached my ears. It
threatened, but it roused my courage. I jumped as if I had been shot, and
clattered down that crag with wings guiding my long leaps. No crevice or
jumble of loose stones or steep descent daunted me. I reached the horse,
The Young Forester
|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 Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Slowly the palsied limbs of the great coward bore
him tottering to the center of the room, where gradually
a little clear space had been made; the men of the
party forming a circle, in the center of which stood
Peter of Colfax and Norman of Torn.
"Give him a great draught of brandy," said the out-
law, "or he will sink down and choke in the froth
of his own terror."
When they had forced a goblet of the fiery liquid
upon him, Peter of Colfax regained his lost nerve
enough so that he could raise his sword arm and de-
The Outlaw of Torn