|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol:
"For twelve roubles per pood."
"Ah! Then by those words, madam, you have laid a trifling sin upon
your soul; for you did NOT sell the honey for twelve roubles."
"By the Lord God I did!"
"Well, well! Never mind. Honey is only honey. Now, you had collected
that stuff, it may be, for a year, and with infinite care and labour.
You had fussed after it, you had trotted to and fro, you had duly
frozen out the bees, and you had fed them in the cellar throughout the
winter. But these dead souls of which I speak are quite another
matter, for in this case you have put forth no exertions--it was
merely God's will that they should leave the world, and thus decrease
|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 Chance by Joseph Conrad:
with Mr. and Mrs. Fyne. It was there that we met. He came on a
visit. He noticed me. I--well--we are married now."
She was thankful that his eyes were shut. It made it easier to talk
of the future she had arranged, which now was an unalterable thing.
She did not enter on the path of confidences. That was impossible.
She felt he would not understand her. She felt also that he
suffered. Now and then a great anxiety gripped her heart with a
mysterious sense of guilt--as though she had betrayed him into the
hands of an enemy. With his eyes shut he had an air of weary and
pious meditation. She was a little afraid of it. Next moment a
great pity for him filled her heart. And in the background there