|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
Mrs. Travers crossed it rapidly between the groups that moved out
of the way on their passage. Lingard threw open the cabin door
for her, but remained on deck to inquire about his boats. They
had returned while he was on board the yacht, and the two men in
charge of them came aft to make their reports. The boat sent
north had seen nothing. The boat which had been directed to
explore the banks and islets to the south had actually been in
sight of Daman's praus. The man in charge reported that several
fires were burning on the shore, the crews of the two praus being
encamped on a sandbank. Cooking was going on. They had been near
enough to hear the voices. There was a man keeping watch on the
|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 Adieu by Honore de Balzac:
reason, she might have imitated her parrot or her cat.
"Ah! my friend," said Philippe, when he came to his senses, "I die
every day, every moment! I love too well! I could still bear all, if,
in her madness, she had kept her woman's nature. But to see her always
a savage, devoid even of modesty, to see her--"
"You want opera madness, do you? something picturesque and pleasing,"
said the doctor, bitterly. "Your love and your devotion yield before a
prejudice. Monsieur, I have deprived myself for your sake of the sad
happiness of watching over my niece; I have left to you the pleasure
of playing with her; I have kept for myself the heaviest cares. While
you have slept, I have watched, I have-- Go, monsieur, go! abandon