|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
my daughter before my face with impunity?"
"Even so, bold baron," said the friar; "we are strongest here.
Say you, might overcomes right? I say no. There is no right but might:
and to say that might overcomes right is to say that right overcomes itself:
an absurdity most palpable. Your right was the stronger in Arlingford,
and ours is the stronger in Sherwood. Your right was right as long
as you could maintain it; so is ours. So is King Richard's, with
all deference be it spoken; and so is King Saladin's; and their two
mights are now committed in bloody fray, and that which overcomes
will be right, just as long as it lasts, and as far as it reaches.
And now if any of you know any just impediment----"
|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 Middlemarch by George Eliot:
as easily as his mood. Dorothea's entrance was the freshness of morning.
"Well, my dear, this is pleasant, now," said Mr. Brooke, meeting and
kissing her. "You have left Casaubon with his books, I suppose.
That's right. We must not have you getting too learned for a woman,
"There is no fear of that, uncle," said Dorothea, turning to Will
and shaking hands with open cheerfulness, while she made no other form
of greeting, but went on answering her uncle. "I am very slow.
When I want to be busy with books, I am often playing truant among
my thoughts. I find it is not so easy to be learned as to plan cottages."
She seated herself beside her uncle opposite to Will, and was evidently