|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
lion's share of toil or peril, or do outpost duty, keeping watch and
ward while others sleep, brave mercenaries.
 The author is perhaps thinking of some personal experiences. He
works out his theory of a wage-earning militia for the protection
of the state in the "Cyropaedia." See esp. VII. v. 69 foll.
And what will be the effect on the neighbour states conterminous with
yours? Will not this standing army lead them to desire peace beyond
all other things? In fact, a compact force like this, so organised,
will prove most potent to preserve the interests of their friends and
to damage those of their opponents.
 Or, "that lie upon your borders," as Thebes and Megara were "nigh-
|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 Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
of his birth he had attained a size and muscular power not usually
found in infants under a full year of age. His motions and even
his vocal sounds showed a restraint and deliberateness highly
peculiar in an infant, and no one was really unprepared when,
at seven months, he began to walk unassisted, with falterings
which another month was sufficient to remove.
It was somewhat
after this time - on Hallowe'en - that a great blaze was seen
at midnight on the top of Sentinel Hill where the old table-like
stone stands amidst its tumulus of ancient bones. Considerable
talk was started when Silas Bishop - of the undecayed Bishops
The Dunwich Horror