|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Apology by Plato:
not an easy one; I quite understand the nature of it. And so leaving the
event with God, in obedience to the law I will now make my defence.
I will begin at the beginning, and ask what is the accusation which has
given rise to the slander of me, and in fact has encouraged Meletus to
proof this charge against me. Well, what do the slanderers say? They
shall be my prosecutors, and I will sum up their words in an affidavit:
'Socrates is an evil-doer, and a curious person, who searches into things
under the earth and in heaven, and he makes the worse appear the better
cause; and he teaches the aforesaid doctrines to others.' Such is the
nature of the accusation: it is just what you have yourselves seen in the
comedy of Aristophanes (Aristoph., Clouds.), who has introduced a man whom
|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 Octopus by Frank Norris:
husband's death and from her miscarriage of the previous night.
"She ought to have her mother with her," said the physician.
"She does nothing but call for her or beg to be allowed to go to
her. I have tried to get a wire through to Mrs. Tree, but the
company will not take it, and even if I could get word to her,
how could she get down here? There are no trains."
But Presley found that it was impossible for him to stay at Los
Muertos that day. Gloom and the shadow of tragedy brooded heavy
over the place. A great silence pervaded everything, a silence
broken only by the subdued coming and going of the undertaker and
his assistants. When Presley, having resolved to go into