|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:
of the most interesting registers in a large town (which shall be nameless)
in England. I wrote to the custodian of it, and asked him kindly to do
the search for me, and if he was unable to read the names to get some one
who understood the writing of that date to decipher the entries for me.
I did not have a reply for a fortnight, but one morning the postman brought
me a very large unregistered book-packet, which I found to be the original
Parish Registers! He, however, addressed a note with it stating that
he thought it best to send me the document itself to look at, and begged
me to be good enough to return the Register to him as soon as done with.
He evidently wished to serve me--his ignorance of responsibility without
doubt proving his kindly disposition, and on that account alone I forbear
|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 Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and have a ride in the woods; and I sit here and smoke and write,
and rewrite, and destroy, and rage at my own impotence, from six in
the morning till eight at night, with trifling and not always
agreeable intervals for meals.
I am sure you chose wisely to keep your country charge. There a
minister can be something, not in a town. In a town, the most of
them are empty houses - and public speakers. Why should you
suppose your book will be slated because you have no friends? A
new writer, if he is any good, will be acclaimed generally with
more noise than he deserves. But by this time you will know for
certain. - I am, yours sincerely,