|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken:
No, you were pitiful, and I gave you pity;
And only hated you when I saw you cry.
We were two dupes; if I could give forgiveness,--
Had I the right,--I should forgive you now . . .
We were two dupes . . . Come, let us walk in starlight,
And feed our griefs: we do not break, but bow.
Take my hand, then, come with me
By the white shadowy crashings of a sea . . .
Look how the long volutes of foam unfold
To spread their mottled shimmer along the sand! . . .
Take my hand,
|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 Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
a tiffin-party? "No man has touched my heart since I've been
married," she proclaimed, "except my husband!" AT A TIFFIN-party!'
She heard the relief in Innes's laugh and was satisfied.
'How does it happen,' he said, 'that women nowadays are critical of
the world so young?'
'I shall be thirty in September, and we no longer look at society
through a tambour-frame,' she said, hardily.
'And I shall be forty-three next month, but hitherto I have known it
to produce nothing like you,' he returned, and if there was
ambiguity in his phrase there was none in his face.
Miss Anderson made with her head her little smiling gesture--Simla