|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence:
Clara's heart sank.
"No," she replied.
"There are different ways of dying. My father's people
are frightened, and have to be hauled out of life into death
like cattle into a slaughter-house, pulled by the neck;
but my mother's people are pushed from behind, inch by inch.
They are stubborn people, and won't die."
"Yes," said Clara.
"And she won't die. She can't. Mr. Renshaw, the parson, was in
the other day. 'Think!' he said to her; 'you will have your mother
and father, and your sisters, and your son, in the Other Land.'
Sons and Lovers
|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 Virginian by Owen Wister:
He needed no interpreter for the voices of the seeming owls that
had haunted the latter hour of their journey, and he knew that
his beast's keener instinct had perceived the destruction that
lurked in the interior of the wood. The history of the trapper
whose horse had returned without him might have been--might still
be--his own; and he thought of the rag that had fallen from the
buzzard's talons when he had been disturbed at his meal in the
marsh. "Peaceable" Indians were still in these mountains, and
some few of them had for the past hour been skirting his journey
unseen, and now waited for him in the wood which they expected