|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
and frozen, solid and black, its potential energy of motion
having been all transformed into heat and radiated away. Such a
conclusion has been suggested by Sir William Thomson, and it is
quite forcibly stated by the authors of "The Unseen Universe."
They remind us that "if there be any one form of energy less
readily or less completely transformable than the others, and if
transformations constantly go on, more and more of the whole
energy of the universe will inevitably sink into this lower grade
as time advances." Now radiant heat, as we have seen, is such a
lower grade of energy. "At each transformation of heat-energy
into work, a large portion is degraded, while only a small
The Unseen World and Other Essays
|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 Marie by H. Rider Haggard:
shut up until I return to try him. Lastly, as commandant, I will name
Henri Marais as one of those who are to accompany us, so that he will be
able to plot nothing against you. Now are you satisfied?"
I said "Yes" as cheerfully as I could, though I felt anything but
cheerful, and we parted, for, of course, the Commandant Retief had much
to occupy him.
Then I went and told Marie what I had promised. Somewhat to my surprise
she said that she thought I had acted wisely.
"If you stayed here," she added, "perhaps some new quarrel would arise
between you and my father which might make bitterness afterwards. Also,
dear, it would be foolish for you to offend the Commandant Retief, who