|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
longer upon this topic, but want of space constrains us to
leave unfinished these few desultory remarks - slender
contributions towards a subject which has fallen sadly
backward, and which, we grieve to say, was better understood
by the king of Siam in 1686 than by all the philosophers of
to-day. If, however, we have awakened in any rational mind
an interest in the symbolism of umbrellas - in any generous
heart a more complete sympathy with the dumb companion of his
daily walk - or in any grasping spirit a pure notion of
respectability strong enough to make him expend his six-and-
twenty shillings - we shall have deserved well of the world,
|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 Confidence by Henry James:
Gordon Wright remonstrated. "Don't guess yet--wait a few days.
I won't tell you now."
"Let us see if he does n't tell me," said Bernard, privately.
And he meditated a moment. "When I presented myself, you were
sitting very close to Miss Evers and talking very earnestly.
Your head was bent toward her--it was very lover-like. Decidedly,
Miss Evers is the object!"
For a single instant Gordon Wright hesitated, and then--"I hope I
have n't seemed rude to Miss Vivian!" he exclaimed.
Bernard broke into a light laugh. "My dear Gordon, you are very much
in love!" he remarked, as they arrived at their hotel.