|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
skill in romance; but, I assure you, should your history be
written, like that of many a less distressed and less deserving
heroine, the well-judging reader would set you down for the lady
and the love of Earnscliff; from the very obstacle which you
suppose so insurmountable."
"But these are not the days of romance, but of sad reality, for
there stands the castle of Ellieslaw."
"And there stands Sir Frederick Langley at the gate, waiting to
assist the ladies from their palfreys. I would as lief touch a
toad; I will disappoint him, and take old Horsington the groom
for my master of the horse."
|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 Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
loathly religion; but of the Christians was there found one only
that came to the help of the supposed Barlaam. His name was
Barachias. For of the Faithful, some were dead, having fallen
victims to the fury of the governors of the cities; and some were
hiding in mountains and dens, in dread of the terrors hanging
over them; while others had feared the threats of the king, and
durst not adventure themselves into the light of day, but were
worshippers by night, serving Christ in secret, and in no wise
boldly confessing him. So noble-hearted Barachias came alone to
the contest, to help and champion the truth.
The king sat down before all on a doom-stool high and exalted,