|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
immensely amused and would have him recite poetry by the hour,
while he lay with closed eyes on Amory's sofa and listened:
"Asleep or waking is it? for her neck
Kissed over close, wears yet a purple speck
Wherein the pained blood falters and goes out;
Soft and stung softlyfairer for a fleck..."
"That's good," Kerry would say softly. "It pleases the elder
Holiday. That's a great poet, I guess." Tom, delighted at an
audience, would ramble through the "Poems and Ballades" until
Kerry and Amory knew them almost as well as he.
Amory took to writing poetry on spring afternoons, in the gardens
This Side of Paradise
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
himself to be shot in a trapeze as high as St Paul's, and as low
as Baker Street Station.
'Let us recapitulate,' said Michael, 'unless it's really a dream,
in which case I wish Teena would call me for breakfast. My friend
Pitman, here, received a barrel which, it now appears, was meant
for you. The barrel contained the body of a man. How or why you
'I never laid a hand on him,' protested Morris. 'This is what I
have dreaded all along. But think, Michael! I'm not that kind of
man; with all my faults, I wouldn't touch a hair of anybody's
head, and it was all dead loss to me. He got killed in that vile