|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"He took it," replied Meriem, dully.
"What was it?" again demanded The Sheik, seizing the girl
roughly by the hair and dragging her to her feet, where he shook
her venomously. "What was it a picture of?"
"Of me," said Meriem, "when I was a little girl. I stole it
from Malbihn, the Swede--it had printing on the back cut from
an old newspaper."
The Sheik went white with rage.
"What said the printing?" he asked in a voice so low that she
but barely caught his words.
"I do not know. It was in French and I cannot read French."
The Son of Tarzan
|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 Ion by Plato:
passage in which Theoclymenus the prophet of the house of Melampus says to
'Wretched men! what is happening to you? Your heads and your faces and
your limbs underneath are shrouded in night; and the voice of lamentation
bursts forth, and your cheeks are wet with tears. And the vestibule is
full, and the court is full, of ghosts descending into the darkness of
Erebus, and the sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist is spread
And there are many such passages in the Iliad also; as for example in the
description of the battle near the rampart, where he says:--
'As they were eager to pass the ditch, there came to them an omen: a