|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Night and Day by Virginia Woolf:
very fast, and the effect of people passing in the opposite direction
was to produce a queer dizziness both in her head and in Ralph's,
which set their bodies far apart. But she did her duty by her
companion almost unconsciously.
"Mary Datchet does that sort of work very well. . . . She's
responsible for it, I suppose?"
"Yes. The others don't help at all. . . . Has she made a convert of
"Oh no. That is, I'm a convert already."
"But she hasn't persuaded you to work for them?"
"Oh dear no--that wouldn't do at all."
|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 Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
indignation. The court has now determined to make China powerful,
and to this end we urge our people to reformation in this
"We, therefore, decree that within a limit of ten years this
injurious filth shall be completely swept away. We further order
the Council of State to consider means of prohibition both of
growing the poppy and smoking the opium."
The Council of State at once drew up regulations designed to
carry out this decree. They were among others:
That all opium-smokers be required to report and take out a