|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
who had been working, of whom there were nine,
not counting the owners. Bread, soup, boiled
potatoes, and kvass were placed on the table.
An old one-armed beggar, with a bag slung over
his shoulder, came in with a crutch during the meal.
"Peace be to this house. A good appetite to
you. For Christ's sake give me something."
"God will give it to you," said the mistress,
already an old woman, and the daughter-in-law of
the master. "Don't be angry with us " An old
man, who was still standing near the door, said,
The Forged Coupon
|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 Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
I didn't care to show myself with him in the fashionable restaurant
where a new face (and such a face, too) would be remarked, I pulled
up the fiacre at the door of the Maison Doree. That was more of a
place of general resort where, in the multitude of casual patrons,
he would pass unnoticed.
For this last night of carnival the big house had decorated all its
balconies with rows of coloured paper lanterns right up to the
roof. I led the way to the grand salon, for as to private rooms
they had been all retained days before. There was a great crowd of
people in costume, but by a piece of good luck we managed to secure
a little table in a corner. The revellers, intent on their
The Arrow of Gold