|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
"It is in the Book, in the Gospels. just come
to me on Sunday. I will read you a few passages,
and we will have a talk afterwards."
They did not all come to him on Sunday, but
three came, and he began reading to them.
He read five chapters of St. Matthew's Gospel,
and they talked. One man only, Ivan Chouev,
accepted the lesson and carried it out completely,
following the rule of Christ in everything from
that day. His family did the same. Out of the
arable land he took only what was his due, and
The Forged Coupon
|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 Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
Stopfers' door, and fled like a swallow as soon as she had rung.
"These patriots do not play at killing!" said Rodolphe to himself as
he felt his sufferings when he found himself in his bed. " '/Nel
lago!' Gina would have pitched me into the lake with a stone tied to
Next day he sent to Lucerne for the best surgeon there, and when he
came, enjoined on him absolute secrecy, giving him to understand that
his honor depended on it.
Leopold returned from his excursion on the day when his friend first
got out of bed. Rodolphe made up a story, and begged him to go to
Lucerne to fetch their luggage and letters. Leopold brought back the