|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad:
and the young man from the same valley took each
other by the hand.
"They thought they were being taken to Amer-
ica straight away, but suddenly the steam-machine
bumped against the side of a thing like a house on
the water. The walls were smooth and black, and
there uprose, growing from the roof as it were,
bare trees in the shape of crosses, extremely high.
That's how it appeared to him then, for he had
never seen a ship before. This was the ship that
was going to swim all the way to America. Voices
|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 Parmenides by Plato:
Why, yes, he said, there appears to me to be no difficulty in showing by
this method that visible things are like and unlike and may experience
Quite true, said Parmenides; but I think that you should go a step further,
and consider not only the consequences which flow from a given hypothesis,
but also the consequences which flow from denying the hypothesis; and that
will be still better training for you.
What do you mean? he said.
I mean, for example, that in the case of this very hypothesis of Zeno's
about the many, you should inquire not only what will be the consequences
to the many in relation to themselves and to the one, and to the one in