|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
I would like him to say what is the nature of this knowledge or wisdom.
NICIAS: I mean to say, Laches, that courage is the knowledge of that which
inspires fear or confidence in war, or in anything.
LACHES: How strangely he is talking, Socrates.
SOCRATES: Why do you say so, Laches?
LACHES: Why, surely courage is one thing, and wisdom another.
SOCRATES: That is just what Nicias denies.
LACHES: Yes, that is what he denies; but he is so silly.
SOCRATES: Suppose that we instruct instead of abusing him?
NICIAS: Laches does not want to instruct me, Socrates; but having been
proved to be talking nonsense himself, he wants to prove that I have been
|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 Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
He unsheathed his weapon, and was imitated by Sir Frederick and
several of the party, who prepared to charge those that were
advancing towards them. But the greater part hesitated.
"They come to us in all peace and security," said Mareschal-
Wells; "let us first hear what account they give us of this
mysterious affair. If Miss Vere has sustained the slightest
insult or injury from Earnscliff, I will be first to revenge her;
but let us hear what they say."
"You do me wrong by your suspicions, Mareschal," continued Vere;
"you are the last I would have expected to hear express them."
"You injure yourself, Ellieslaw, by your violence, though the