|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton:
the sense that another lady was also examining it, Mrs.
Vanderlyn turned in surprise at sight of Susy, whose head was
critically bent above the fur.
"Susy! I'd no idea you were here! I saw in the papers that you
were with the Gillows." The customary embraces followed; then
Mrs. Vanderlyn, her eyes pursuing the matchless cloak as it
disappeared down a vista of receding mannequins, interrogated
sharply: "Are you shopping for Ursula? If you mean to order
that cloak for her I'd rather know."
Susy smiled, and paused a moment before answering. During the
pause she took in all the exquisite details of Ellie Vanderlyn's
|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 Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
water is flowing there electric currents should be formed. If a line
be imagined passing from Dover to Calais through the sea, and
returning through the land, beneath the water, to Dover, it traces
out a circuit of conducting matter one part of which, when the water
moves up or down the channel, is cutting the magnetic curves of the
earth, whilst the other is relatively at rest.... There is every
reason to believe that currents do run in the general direction of
the circuit described, either one way or the other, according as the
passage of the waters is up or down the channel.' This was written
before the submarine cable was thought of, and he once informed me
that actual observation upon that cable had been found to be in