|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from St. Ives by Robert Louis Stevenson:
He bowed very low. 'I'm not very sure,' he said: 'I have an idea
we have met before?'
'Informally,' I said, returning his bow; 'and I have long looked
forward to the pleasure of regularising our acquaintance.'
'You are very good, Mr. Ducie,' he returned. 'Perhaps you could
aid my memory a little? Where was it that I had the pleasure?'
'Oh, that would be telling tales out of school,' said I, with a
laugh, 'and before my lawyer, too!'
'I'll wager,' broke in Mr. Robbie, 'that, when you knew my client,
Chevenix - the past of our friend Mr. Ducie is an obscure chapter
full of horrid secrets - I'll wager, now, you knew him as St.
|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 Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
Absolutely different and contradictory. So different that it cuts
right across all these considerations. It won't fit in. . . . I
don't know what this other thing is; it's what I want to talk about
with you. But I know that it IS, in all my bones. . . . YOU
know. . . . It demands control, it demands continence, it insists
But the ideas of continence and disregard were unpleasant ideas to
Prothero that day.
"Mankind," said Benham, "is overcharged with this sex. It
suffocates us. It gives life only to consume it. We struggle out
of the urgent necessities of a mere animal existence. We are not so