|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela:
Solis said with deep feeling.
That's no animal, I tell you! Listen to the dog bark-
ing! It must be a human being."
The woman stared into the darkness of the sierra.
"What if they're soldiers?" said a man, who sat In-
dian-fashion, eating, a coarse earthenware plate in his
right hand, three folded tortillas in the other.
The woman made no answer, all her senses directed
outside the hut. The beat of horses' hoofs rang in the
quarry nearby. The dog barked again, louder and more
|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 Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
Nucingen, "but she has a good heart."
"She came back for the endorsement," said Eugene in Delphine's
"Do you think so?"
"I only wish I could think otherwise. Do not trust her," he
answered, raising his eyes as if he confided to heaven the
thoughts that he did not venture to express.
"Yes. She is always acting a part to some extent."
"How do you feel now, dear Father Goriot?" asked Rastignac.
"I should like to go to sleep," he replied.
Eugene helped him to bed, and Delphine sat by the bedside,