|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
ravishments he parallels Nessus. He professes not keeping of
oaths; in breaking them he is stronger than Hercules. He will
lie, sir, with such volubility that you would think truth were a
fool: drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be swine-drunk;
and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bedclothes
about him; but they know his conditions and lay him in straw. I
have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty; he has
everything that an honest man should not have; what an honest man
should have he has nothing.
I begin to love him for this.
|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 Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
There the danger was great. The kibitka no longer
drifted, but spun rapidly round, inclining towards the center
of the eddy, like a rider in a circus. The horse could
scarcely keep his head above water, and ran a great risk of
being suffocated. Serko had been obliged to take refuge
in the carriage.
Michael knew what was happening. He felt himself
drawn round in a gradually narrowing line, from which
they could not get free. How he longed to see, to be bet-
ter able to avoid this peril, but that was no longer possible.
Nadia was silent, her hands clinging to the sides of the cart,