|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson:
he married Miss Jackson; and with her money, bought in some two-
thirds of Stowting. In the beginning of the little family history
which I have been following to so great an extent, the Captain
mentions, with a delightful pride: 'A Court Baron and Court Leet
are regularly held by the Lady of the Manor, Mrs. Henrietta Camilla
Jenkin'; and indeed the pleasure of so describing his wife, was the
most solid benefit of the investment; for the purchase was heavily
encumbered and paid them nothing till some years before their
death. In the meanwhile, the Jackson family also, what with wild
sons, an indulgent mother and the impending emancipation of the
slaves, was moving nearer and nearer to beggary; and thus of two
|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 In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
in Brighton twenty years ago, and the travelling cape I bought there is not
yet worn out--the one you wrap the hot-water bottle in, Sonia. My lamented
husband, your father, Sonia, knew a great deal about England. But the more
he knew about it the oftener he remarked to me, 'England is merely an
island of beef flesh swimming in a warm gulf sea of gravy.' Such a
brilliant way of putting things. Do you remember, Sonia?"
"I forget nothing, mamma," answered Sonia.
Said the Herr Professor: "That is the proof of your calling, gnadiges
Fraulein. Now I wonder--and this is a very interesting speculation--is
memory a blessing or--excuse the word--a curse?"
Frau Godowska looked into the distance, then the corners of her mouth