|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Lock and Key Library by Julian Hawthorne, Ed.:
but shrill cries of his uncle, who was struggling at once with the
agonies of death and his housekeeper. The poor woman, anxious for
her master's reputation and her own, was trying to put on him a
clean shirt and nightcap, and Melmoth, who had just sensation
enough to perceive they were taking something from him, continued
exclaiming feebly, "They are robbing me,--robbing me in my last
moments,--robbing a dying man. John, won't you assist me,--I shall
die a beggar; they are taking my last shirt,--I shall die a
beggar."--And the miser died.
. . . . .
A few days after the funeral, the will was opened before proper
|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 Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
but bare-headed and walking away from her in the depths of an
impossible landscape. She hurried on to catch up with him but a
throng of barbarians with enormous turbans came between them at
the last moment and she lost sight of him forever in the flurry
of a ghastly sand-storm. What frightened her most was that she
had not been able to see his face. It was then that she began to
cry over her hard fate. When she woke up the tears were still
rolling down her cheeks and she perceived in the light of the
deck-lamp d'Alcacer arrested a little way off.
"Did you have to speak to me?" she asked.
"No," said d'Alcacer. "You didn't give me time. When I came as