|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
shoe from the pudgy foot of the fat lady customer.
We'll take a jump of six months. That brings us into the lap
Pa Keller looked up from his evening paper. Ivy, home for the
Easter vacation, was at the piano. Ma Keller was sewing.
Pa Keller cleared his throat. "I see by the paper," he
announced, "that Schlachweiler's been sold to Des Moines. Too bad
we lost him. He was a great little pitcher, but he played in bad
luck. Whenever he was on the slab the boys seemed to give him poor
"Fudge!" exclaimed Ivy, continuing to play, but turning a
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|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 Koran:
Verily, God and His angels pray for the prophet. O ye who believe!
pray for him and salute him with a salutation!
Verily, those who annoy God and His Apostle, God will curse them
in this world and the next, and prepare for them shameful woe!
And those who annoy the believers for what they have not earned,
such have to bear (the guilt of) calumny and obvious sin.
O thou prophet! tell thy wives and thy daughters, and the women of
the believers, to let down over them their outer wrappers; that is
nearer for them to be known and that they should not be annoyed; but
God is forgiving, merciful.
Surely if the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a sickness and