|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
her chair - speckless, resplendent, and, in her way, almost as
striking a personality as her niece, who did not resemble her in
the least. "Dear Felicia has inherited her hair and the greatest
part of her appearance from her mother," the maiden lady used to
She leaned forward then, confidentially.
"Oh! Mr. Renouard! Haven't you something comforting to say?"
He looked up, as surprised as if a voice from heaven had spoken
with this perfect society intonation, and by the puzzled profundity
of his blue eyes fluttered the wax-flower of refined womanhood.
She continued. "For - I can speak to you openly on this tiresome
Within the Tides
|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 Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
"Mind!" he called out, with robust impressiveness.
"Mind!" As if to complete the expression of his meaning,
he threw his arm loosely about her, where she stood,
and brought her to his side. They remained standing thus,
before the fireplace, after the others were all seated.
"Mr. Thorpe has been outlining to me the most wonderful plans,"
said the Duke, looking from one face to another, with a
reserved smile. "It seems that philanthropy fails unless
it is combined with very advanced politics. It is a new
idea to me--but he certainly states it with vigour.