|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
when they hold the same opinions upon many subjects, and when the
same occurrences suggest the same thoughts and impressions to
The observer who examines the present condition of the
United States upon this principle, will readily discover, that
although the citizens are divided into twenty-four distinct
sovereignties, they nevertheless constitute a single people; and
he may perhaps be led to think that the state of the
Anglo-American Union is more truly a state of society than that
of certain nations of Europe which live under the same
legislation and the same prince.
|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 Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Mrs. Elizabeth Bowes, wife of Richard Bowes, of Aske, in
Yorkshire, to whom she had borne twelve children. She was a
religious hypochondriac, a very weariful woman, full of
doubts and scruples, and giving no rest on earth either to
herself or to those whom she honoured with her confidence.
From the first time she heard Knox preach she formed a high
opinion of him, and was solicitous ever after of his society.
(1) Nor was Knox unresponsive. "I have always delighted in
your company," he writes, "and when labours would permit, you
know I have not spared hours to talk and commune with you."
Often when they had met in depression he reminds her, "God