|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:
returned I was lying in the cave on my blankets. A great lassitude weighted
me down. The terrible thrashing about in the icy water had quenched my
spirit. For a while I was too played out to move, and lay there in my wet
clothes. Finally I asked leave to take them off. Bud, who had come back in
the meantime, helped me, or I should never have got out of them. Herky
brought up my coat, which, fortunately, I had taken off before the ducking.
I did not have the heart to speak to Dick or look at him, so I closed my
eyes and fell asleep.
It was another day when I awoke. I felt all right except for a soreness
under my arms and across my chest where the lasso had chafed and bruised
me. Still I did not recover my good spirits. Herky-Jerky kept on grinning
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 Marriage Contract by Honore de Balzac:
"Heavens! what was Mathias thinking about?" thought Paul. "Well, then,
mamma," he said, in a low voice, "I accept."
"But I am confounded!" said Natalie.
At this moment Solonet arrived to announce the good news that he had
found among the speculators of Bordeaux two contractors who were much
attracted by the house, the gardens of which could be covered with
"They offer two hundred and fifty thousand francs," he said; "but if
you consent to the sale, I can make them give you three hundred
thousand. There are three acres of land in the garden."