|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare:
The remedy indeed to do me good
Is to let forth my foul-defil'd blood.
'Poor hand, why quiver'st thou at this decree?
Honour thyself to rid me of this shame;
For if I die, my honour lives in thee;
But if I live, thou livest in my defame:
Since thou couldst not defend thy loyal dame,
And wast afear'd to scratch her wicked foe,
Kill both thyself and her for yielding so.'
This said, from her be-tumbled couch she starteth,
To find some desperate instrument of death:
|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 A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
never on bad terms with my mother: we lived together until I was
forty-two years old, absolutely without the smallest friction of any
kind; yet when her death set me thinking curiously about our
relations, I realized that I knew very little about her. Introduce me
to a strange woman who was a child when I was a child, a girl when I
was a boy, an adolescent when I was an adolescent; and if we take
naturally to one another I will know more of her and she of me at the
end of forty days (I had almost said of forty minutes) than I knew of
my mother at the end of forty years. A contemporary stranger is a
novelty and an enigma, also a possibility; but a mother is like a
broomstick or like the sun in the heavens, it does not matter which as