|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe:
best scarlet India Canton crape shawl wound round her head for a
turban, going on with her rehearsals before the glass in great
style,--Miss Ophelia having, with carelessness most unheard-of in
her, left the key for once in her drawer.
"Topsy!" she would say, when at the end of all patience,
"what does make you act so?"
"Dunno, Missis,--I spects cause I 's so wicked!"
"I don't know anything what I shall do with you, Topsy."
"Law, Missis, you must whip me; my old Missis allers whipped me.
I an't used to workin' unless I gets whipped."
"Why, Topsy, I don't want to whip you. You can do well,
Uncle Tom's Cabin
|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 Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
interest with which the progress of this work was regarded by
the public, as ultimately tending to afford safety and
protection to the mariner. The wind had fortunately shifted
to the S.W., and about five o'clock this afternoon the SMEATON
reached the Bell Rock.
[Friday, 27th July]
The artificers had finished the laying of the balcony
course, excepting the centre-stone of the light-room floor,
which, like the centres of the other floors, could not be laid
in its place till after the removal of the foot and shaft of
the balance-crane. During the dinner-hour, when the men were