|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Reminiscences of Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy:
misunderstandings were always arising, which they perpetually
endeavored to smooth down or to forget, but which arose again after
a time, sometimes in another form, necessitating new explanations
In 1856 Turgénieff wrote to my father:
Your letter took some time reaching me, dear Lyoff
Nikolaievich. Let me begin by
¹Fet, at whose house the quarrel took place, tells all
about it in his memoirs. Tolstoy dogmatized about lady-like
charity, apropos of Turgénieff's daughter.
Turgénieff, in a fit of nerves, threatened to box his ears.
|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 A Book of Remarkable Criminals by H. B. Irving:
down the back stairs with a lighted candle in his hand. Webster
blew out the candle and left the building. Late that night
Littlefield again tried the Professor's doors; they were still
fastened. The janitor was surprised at this, as he had never
known such a thing to happen before.
On Saturday, the 24th, though not lecturing that day, the
Professor came to the College in the morning. He told
Littlefield to light the stove in the lower laboratory. When
Littlefield made to pass from the lecture-room into the
Professor's private room at the back, and so down by the private
stairs to the lower laboratory, the Professor stopped him and
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