|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Ursula by Honore de Balzac:
with him in Paris'?"
Ursula sprang up as if the last trumpet had sounded in her ears. She
gave a cry of terror; her eyes, wide open, gazed at the old man with
"Who are you, godfather? From whom do you get such power?" she asked,
imagining that in his desire to deny God he had made some compact with
"What seeds did you plant yesterday in the garden?"
"Mignonette, sweet-peas, balsams--"
"And the last were larkspur?"
She fell on her knees.
|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 Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy:
with his phantasmal orchestra till he thought: "What a
fluty voice one of those milkmaids has! I suppose it is
the new one."
Clare looked round upon her, seated with the others.
She was not looking towards him. Indeed, owing to his
long silence, his presence in the room was almost
"I don't know about ghosts," she was saying; "but I do
know that our souls can be made to go outside our
bodies when we are alive."
The dairyman turned to her with his mouth full, his
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman