|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
as the Indians say.
Now the Aztecs fighting alone were face to face with their foes and
the last struggle began. First the Spaniards cut the aqueduct
which supplied the city with water from the springs at the royal
house of Chapoltepec, whither I was taken on being brought to
Mexico. Henceforth till the end of the siege, the only water that
we found to drink was the brackish and muddy fluid furnished by the
lake and wells sunk in the soil. Although it might be drunk after
boiling to free it of the salt, it was unwholesome and filthy to
the taste, breeding various painful sicknesses and fevers. It was
on this day of the cutting of the aqueduct that Otomie bore me a
|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 watched him coming with a smile which, as he got into point-blank range,
took effect and froze his very whiskers. I did not give him time
to open his lips.
"Square the yards by lifts and braces before the hands go to breakfast."
It was the first particular order I had given on board that ship;
and I stayed on deck to see it executed, too. I had felt the need
of asserting myself without loss of time. That sneering young cub
got taken down a peg or two on that occasion, and I also seized
the opportunity of having a good look at the face of every
foremast man as they filed past me to go to the after braces.
At breakfast time, eating nothing myself, I presided with such
The Secret Sharer