|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
Virgin bring a happy termination to our adventure." He spoke in
Mexican, as they all did, though for the next two hours
conversation was largely suspended, owing to the difficulty of
the precipitous trail they were following.
Coming to a bit of the road where they were able to ride two
abreast, O'Connor made comment on the smallness of their number.
"O'Halloran must have a good deal of confidence in his men. Forty
to ten is rather heavy odds, is it not, senor?"
"There are six more to join us at the pass. The wagons have gone
round by the road and the drivers will assist in the attack."
"Of course it is all in the surprise. I have seen three men hold
|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 Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso:
Then back to back fast to a stake both ties,
Two harmless turtles dight for sacrifice.
About the pile of fagots, sticks and hay,
The bellows raised the newly-kindled flame,
When thus Olindo, in a doleful lay,
Begun too late his bootless plaints to frame:
"Be these the bonds? Is this the hoped-for day,
Should join me to this long-desired dame?
Is this the fire alike should burn our hearts?
Ah, hard reward for lovers' kind desarts!