|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
all human instincts in this man of scarce fifty years of age, whom all
Paris had known as so brilliant and so successful.
"One morning at the beginning of December 1824, he looked up at
Ernest, who sat at the foot of his bed gazing at his father with
" 'Are you in pain?' the little Vicomte asked.
" 'No,' said the Count, with a ghastly smile, 'it all lies HERE AND
ABOUT MY HEART!'
"He pointed to his forehead, and then laid his wasted fingers on his
hollow chest. Ernest began to cry at the sight.
" 'How is it that M. Derville does not come to me?' the Count asked
|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 Parmenides by Plato:
They are unlike.
And if they are unlike the one, that which they are unlike will clearly be
Then the one will have unlikeness in respect of which the others are unlike
That would seem to be true.
And if unlikeness to other things is attributed to it, it must have
likeness to itself.
If the one have unlikeness to one, something else must be meant; nor will