|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
in abject terror. Still the patter of footsteps sounded from
without, with now and then an interval of quiet.
Struck by a sudden thought, I signaled to Harry; and when he
had moved further back into his corner I sprang across the room in
one bound to his side. A word or two of whispering, and he nodded
to show that he understood. We crouched together flat against the
My thought had come just in time, for scarcely another minute
had passed when there suddenly appeared in the doorway the form of
an Inca. He moved a step inside, and I saw that there was another
behind him. I had not counted on two of them! In the arms of each
|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 Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
"Yes," the editor nodded.
Granice gave a short laugh. "In my old coat--with my pipe:
looked as if I'd been working all night, didn't I? Well, I
hadn't been in my chair ten minutes!"
Denver uncrossed his legs and then crossed them again. "I didn't
know whether YOU remembered that."
"My coming in that particular night--or morning."
Granice swung round in his chair. "Why, man alive! That's why
I'm here now. Because it was you who spoke for me at the
inquest, when they looked round to see what all the old man's