|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
The above is a fairly exhaustive statement of the institutions
traceable to the legislation of Lycurgus in connection with the
successive stages of a citizen's life. It remains that I should
endeavour to describe the style of living which he established for the
whole body, irrespective of age. It will be understood that, when
Lycurgus first came to deal with the question, the Spartans like the
rest of the Hellenes, used to mess privately at home. Tracing more
than half the current misdemeanours to this custom, he was
determined to drag his people out of holes and corners into the broad
|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 Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
"We are officers of the law, and have just returned from the
pursuit of two murderous outlaws."
The Australian Grasshopper
A DISTINGUISHED Naturalist was travelling in Australia, when he saw
a Kangaroo in session and flung a stone at it. The Kangaroo
immediately adjourned, tracing against the sunset sky a parabolic
curve spanning seven provinces, and evanished below the horizon.
The Distinguished Naturalist looked interested, but said nothing
for an hour; then he said to his native Guide:
"You have pretty wide meadows here, I suppose?"
"No, not very wide," the Guide answered; "about the same as in