|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
"I only know," he went on with an emphasis that made Mrs. Travers
raise her head, "that wherever I go I shall carry you with
me--against my breast."
Mrs. Travers' fine ear caught the mingled tones of suppressed
exultation and dawning fear, the ardour and the faltering of
those words. She was feeling still the physical truth at the root
of them so strongly that she couldn't help saying in a dreamy
"Did you mean to crush the life out of me?"
He answered in the same tone:
"I could not have done it. You are too strong. Was I rough? I
|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 Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac:
"M-my b-b-brother, yes."
"--is threatened with insolvency--"
"They c-c-call it in-ins-s-solvency?"
"Yes; when his failure is imminent, the court of commerce, to which he
is amenable (please follow me attentively), has the power, by a
decree, to appoint a receiver. Liquidation, you understand, is not the
same as failure. When a man fails, he is dishonored; but when he
merely liquidates, he remains an honest man."
"T-t-that's very d-d-different, if it d-d-doesn't c-c-cost m-m-more,"