|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Where There's A Will by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"Nothing. But I'm an old man, Minnie, a very old man."
"Stuff and nonsense," I exclaimed, alarmed. "You're only
seventy. That's what comes of saying in the advertising that you
are eighty--to show what the springs have done for you. It's
enough to make a man die of senility to have ten years tacked to
"And if," he went on, "if anything happens to me, Minnie, I'm
counting on you to do what you can for the old place. You've
been here a good many years, Minnie."
"Fourteen years I have been ladling out water at this spring," I
said, trying to keep my lips from trembling. "I wouldn't be at
|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 A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
scarlet of the sands became separated into a score of clearly
distinguished shades of red. The sky was similarly split up into
different blues. The radiant heat of Branchspell he found to affect
every part of his body with unequal intensifies. His ears awakened;
the atmosphere was full of murmurs, the sands hummed, even the sun's
rays had a sound of their own - a kind of faint Aeolian harp.
Subtle, puzzling perfumes assailed his nostrils. His palate lingered
over the memory of the gnawl water. All the pores of his skin were
tickled and soothed by hitherto unperceived currents of air. His
poigns explored actively the inward nature of everything in his
immediate vicinity. His magn touched Joiwind, and drew from her