|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
Ma Parker stood on the doormat inside the dark little hall, and she
stretched out her hand to help her gentleman shut the door before she
replied. "We buried 'im yesterday, sir," she said quietly.
"Oh, dear me! I'm sorry to hear that," said the literary gentleman in a
shocked tone. He was in the middle of his breakfast. He wore a very
shabby dressing-gown and carried a crumpled newspaper in one hand. But he
felt awkward. He could hardly go back to the warm sitting-room without
saying something--something more. Then because these people set such store
by funerals he said kindly, "I hope the funeral went off all right."
"Beg parding, sir?" said old Ma Parker huskily.
Poor old bird! She did look dashed. "I hope the funeral was a--a--
|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 Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
told me to go toward the north. While I watched my sheep there I
saw three Beasts chasing a man, who ran toward the Trees. By
this I knew he was a Child of the Night. We Flint-workers fear the
Trees more than we fear The Beast. He had no hammer. He
carried a knife like this one. A Beast leaped at him. He stretched
out his knife. The Beast fell dead. The other Beasts ran away
howling, which they would never have done from a Flint-
worker. The man went in among the Trees. I looked for the dead
Beast. He had been killed in a new way - by a single deep, clean
cut, without bruise or tear, which had split his bad heart. Wonderful!
So I saw that the man's knife was magic, and I thought