|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
lodging with me last summer and I had to get rid of him. He never changed
his clothes once in two months, and when I spoke to him of the smell in his
room he told me he was sure it floated up from the shop. Ah, every wife
has her cross. Isn't that true, my dear?"
Frau Brechenmacher saw her husband among his colleagues at the next table.
He was drinking far too much, she knew--gesticulating wildly, the saliva
spluttering out of his mouth as he talked.
"Yes," she assented, "that's true. Girls have a lot to learn."
Wedged in between these two fat old women, the Frau had no hope of being
asked to dance. She watched the couples going round and round; she forgot
her five babies and her man and felt almost like a girl again. The music
|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 Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
"We ask you why you did not return to Carthage?"
"What is that to you?" replied the Suffet disdainfully.
Their shouts were redoubled.
"Of what do you accuse me? I managed the war badly, perhaps! You have
seen how I order my battles, you who conveniently allow Barbarians--"
He went on in a low voice so as to make himself the better listened
"Oh! that is true! I am wrong, lights of the Baals; there are intrepid
men among you! Gisco, rise!" And surveying the step of the altar with
half-closed eyelids, as if he sought for some one, he repeated: