|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:
people are not to blame."
"Oh, but it is ten years since an otter has been seen about here,"
said the pitiless general.
"Monsieur le comte," said Francois, "the boy swears by all that's
sacred that he has got one."
"If they have one I'll buy it," said the general.
"I don't suppose," remarked the Abbe Brossette, "that God has
condemned Les Aigues to never have otters."
"Ah, Monsieur le cure!" cried Blondet, "if you bring the Almighty
"But what is all this? Who is here?" said the countess, hastily.
|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 Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
who deals with the incomprehensible, that I
didn't see any reason to expose myself to a snub
from the fellow. He was a very unsatisfactory
steward and a miserable wretch besides, but I
would just as soon think of tweaking his nose.
"Tweaking his nose," said Captain Giles in a
scandalized tone. "Much use it would be to
That remark was so irrelevant that one could
make no answer to it. But the sense of the ab-
surdity was beginning at last to exercise its well-
The Shadow Line