|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy:
returning his smile.
Boris quietly left the room and went in search of Natasha. The plump
boy ran after them angrily, as if vexed that their program had been
The only young people remaining in the drawing room, not counting
the young lady visitor and the countess' eldest daughter (who was four
years older than her sister and behaved already like a grown-up
person), were Nicholas and Sonya, the niece. Sonya was a slender
little brunette with a tender look in her eyes which were veiled by
long lashes, thick black plaits coiling twice round her head, and a
War and Peace
|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 Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne:
We should begin to think, Mrs. Shandy, of putting this boy into breeches.--
We should so,--said my mother.--We defer it, my dear, quoth my father,
I think we do, Mr. Shandy,--said my mother.
--Not but the child looks extremely well, said my father, in his vests and
He does look very well in them,--replied my mother.--
--And for that reason it would be almost a sin, added my father, to take
him out of 'em.--
--It would so,--said my mother:--But indeed he is growing a very tall lad,-
-rejoined my father.