|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
about your father? If he is satisfied that you know more of housekeeping
than he does, will he continue to administer his affairs himself, or will
he commit them to you?
I think that he will commit them to me.
Will not the Athenian people, too, entrust their affairs to you when they
see that you have wisdom enough to manage them?
And oh! let me put another case, I said: There is the great king, and he
has an eldest son, who is the Prince of Asia;--suppose that you and I go to
him and establish to his satisfaction that we are better cooks than his
son, will he not entrust to us the prerogative of making soup, and putting
|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 Pupil by Henry James:
remained there while the young man took leave of his mother, who,
on Pemberton's looking as if he expected a farewell from him,
interposed with: "Leave him, leave him; he's so strange!"
Pemberton supposed her to fear something he might say. "He's a
genius - you'll love him," she added. "He's much the most
interesting person in the family." And before he could invent some
civility to oppose to this she wound up with: "But we're all good,
"He's a genius - you'll love him!" were words that recurred to our
aspirant before the Friday, suggesting among many things that
geniuses were not invariably loveable. However, it was all the