|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
topped the whole. It may be imagined how lamely matters went
throughout these cross purposes.
In spite of this, and some other hitches, Salvini's Macbeth
had an emphatic success. The creation is worthy of a place
beside the same artist's Othello and Hamlet. It is the
simplest and most unsympathetic of the three; but the absence
of the finer lineaments of Hamlet is redeemed by gusto,
breadth, and a headlong unity. Salvini sees nothing great in
Macbeth beyond the royalty of muscle, and that courage which
comes of strong and copious circulation. The moral smallness
of the man is insisted on from the first, in the shudder of
|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 Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde:
beginning, and parents cannot be too patient."
"Ah! I know nothing about the feelings of parents," said the Water-
rat; "I am not a family man. In fact, I have never been married,
and I never intend to be. Love is all very well in its way, but
friendship is much higher. Indeed, I know of nothing in the world
that is either nobler or rarer than a devoted friendship."
"And what, pray, is your idea of the duties of a devoted friend?"
asked a Green Linnet, who was sitting in a willow-tree hard by, and
had overheard the conversation.
"Yes, that is just what I want to know," said the Duck; and she
swam away to the end of the pond, and stood upon her head, in order