|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
times as strong as I was I began to see that my work was cut out for me.
The more, however, that he jerked me and hauled me along, the more I
determined to hang on. I thought I had a genuine love for him up to the
time he had almost knocked my head off, but it was funny how easily he
roused my anger after that. What would have happened had he taken a notion
to go through the brush? Luckily he kept to the trail, which certainly was
rough enough. So, with watching the cub and keeping my feet free of roots
and rocks, I had no chance to look ahead. Still I had no concern about
this, for the old hunter was at my heels, and I knew he would keep a sharp
Before I was aware of it we had gotten out of the narrow canyon into a
The Young Forester
|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 Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson:
to his mouth; in the other he brandished a stout spear. His face
was dark, for he was meant to represent an African.
Now, here was what had startled Richard Shelton. The sun had moved
away from the hall windows, and at the same time the fire had
blazed up high on the wide hearth, and shed a changeful glow upon
the roof and hangings. In this light the figure of the black
hunter had winked at him with a white eyelid.
He continued staring at the eye. The light shone upon it like a
gem; it was liquid, it was alive. Again the white eyelid closed
upon it for a fraction of a second, and the next moment it was