|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
"She has not profited as we hoped."
"Profited? Ah voila!" Felix exclaimed.
Gertrude was very pale; she stood looking down. "I have told Felix I would
go away with him," she presently said.
"Ah, you have said some admirable things!" cried the young man.
"Go away, sister?" asked Charlotte.
"Away--away; to some strange country."
"That is to frighten you," said Felix, smiling at Charlotte.
"To--what do you call it?" asked Gertrude, turning an instant
to Felix. "To Bohemia."
"Do you propose to dispense with preliminaries?"
|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 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
land. Several voices cried out together: "We are all on deck,
Then stillness again, with the great shadow gliding closer,
towering higher, without a light, without a sound. Such a hush had
fallen on the ship that she might have been a bark of the dead
floating in slowly under the very gate of Erebus.
"My God! Where are we?"
It was the mate moaning at my elbow. He was thunderstruck, and as
it were deprived of the moral support of his whiskers. He clapped
his hands and absolutely cried out, "Lost!"
"Be quiet," I said, sternly.
'Twixt Land & Sea