|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Children of the Night by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
In life to think that I was to conquer
Death at his own dark door, -- and chuckled
To think of it done so cleanly. One evening
I knew that my time had come. I shuddered
A little, but rather for doubt than terror,
And followed him, -- led by the nameless devil
I worshipped and called my brother. The city
Shone like a dream that night; the windows
Flashed with a piercing flame, and the pavements
Pulsed and swayed with a warmth -- or something
That seemed so then to my feet -- and thrilled me
|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 Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
you suppose are daily pulled in Paris?"
"Come, come, nonsense," said Thuillier, who proceeded to mark out
certain names, reducing the whole number present to fourteen.
"If one falls off we shall be thirteen," remarked Barbet.
"Pooh!" said Thuillier, the free-thinker, "do you suppose I give in to
The list being finally closed and settled at fourteen, Thuillier
seated himself at the publisher's desk and wrote the invitations,
naming, in view of the urgency of the purpose, the next day but one
for the meeting, Barbet having assured him that no journalist would
object to the shortness of the invitation. The meeting was appointed