|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
She shook her head. "It must not be, Richard," she said. "I'll not
consent to it."
Taken aback, he stared at her; then laughed unpleasantly. "Odds my
life! Are you in love with the man? Have you been fooling us?"
"No," she answered. "But I'll be no party to his murder."
"Murder, quotha! Who talks of murder?" Her shrewd eyes searched his
face. "How came you by your knowledge that this courier rode to Mr.
Wilding?" she asked him suddenly, and the swift change that overspread
his countenance showed her that she had touched him in a tender spot,
|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 Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
dry since a previous geological period. The fish were
undoubtedly there too, but they were fossil fish. I
borrowed a pickaxe and shovel and announced myself
as ready to start.
Outside the principal saloon in one town hung a
gong. When a stranger was observed to enter the
saloon, that gong was sounded. Then it behooved him
to treat those who came in answer to the summons.
But when it comes to a case of real hospitality
or helpfulness, your cowboy is there every time.
You are welcome to food and shelter without price,