|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
Don't you know what's-his-name's, close to the thingumbob?
They always set an English waiter at me. I suppose they think I
can't speak French."
"Well, you can't." And the elder of the young Englishmen unfolded his napkin.
His companion took no notice whatever of this declaration. "I say,"
he resumed in a moment, "I suppose we must learn to speak American.
I suppose we must take lessons."
"I can't understand them," said the clever man.
"What the deuce is HE saying?" asked his comrade,
appealing from the French waiter.
"He is recommending some soft-shell crabs," said the clever man.
|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 Tanach:
Genesis 34: 17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.'
Genesis 34: 18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
Genesis 34: 19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter. And he was honoured above all the house of his father.
Genesis 34: 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying:
Genesis 34: 21 'These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for, behold, the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
Genesis 34: 22 Only on this condition will the men consent unto us to dwell with us, to become one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
Genesis 34: 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and all their beasts be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.'
Genesis 34: 24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
Genesis 34: 25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city unawares, and slew all the males.