|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
just as it was told to me - but unfortunately robbed of the
striking effect of the narrator; the most imposing old ruffian that
ever followed the unromantic trade of master stevedore in the port
THE INN OF THE TWO WITCHES - A FIND
This tale, episode, experience - call it how you will - was related
in the fifties of the last century by a man who, by his own
confession, was sixty years old at the time. Sixty is not a bad
age - unless in perspective, when no doubt it is contemplated by
the majority of us with mixed feelings. It is a calm age; the game
Within the Tides
|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 Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad:
I saw the vague figures of the watch grouped in the waist,
gazing in awed silence.
"Are you going on, sir?" inquired an unsteady voice at my elbow.
I ignored it. I had to go on.
"Keep her full. Don't check her way. That won't do now,"
I said warningly.
"I can't see the sails very well," the helmsman answered me,
in strange, quavering tones.
Was she close enough? Already she was, I won't say in the shadow of the land,
but in the very blackness of it, already swallowed up as it were, gone too
close to be recalled, gone from me altogether.
The Secret Sharer