|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
suited the strangeness of his walk. With a boding sense of
trouble she hurried through the rooms. He was standing outside
her office door.
"Stillwell!" she exclaimed.
"Anybody with you?" he asked, in a low tone.
"Please come out on the porch," he added.
She complied, and, once out, was enabled to see him. His grave
face, paler than she had ever beheld it, caused her to stretch an
appealing hand toward him. Stillwell intercepted it and held it
in his own.
The Light of Western Stars
|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 Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:
triumphant notion of bringing out a joint-stock enterprise with
capital sufficient to pay very high dividends for a time. Tried for
the first time, in days when noodles with capital were plentiful, the
plan was pretty sure to end in a run upon the shares, and consequently
in a profit for the banker that issued them. You must remember that
this happened in 1826.
"Du Tillet, struck through he was by an idea both pregnant and
ingenious, naturally bethought himself that if the enterprise failed,
the blame must fall upon somebody. For which reason, it occurred to
him to put forward a figurehead director in charge of his commercial
machinery. At this day you know the secret of the firm of Claparon and