|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Philosophy 4 by Owen Wister:
Mr. Diggs sat straight up at the vision of his spouse. "Flouncing
Florence!" was his exclamation. "Gee-whittaker, Mary, if you ain't the
most unmitigated sight!" And wind then left him.
Mary's reply arrived in tones like a hornet stinging slowly and often.
"Mr. Diggs, I have put up with many things, and am expecting to put up
with many more. But you'd behave better if you consorted with
The door slammed and she was gone. Not a word to either of the boys,
not even any notice of them. It was thorough, and silence consequently
held them for a moment.
"He didn't mean anything," said Bertie, growing partially responsible.
|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 Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
lie doubled in his blood and a grenadier below him - and he
died for my papa! All died for him, or risked the dying, and
I lay for him all those months in the rain and skulked in
heather like a fox; and now he writes me his advice! calls me
Carluccio - me, the man of the house, the only king in that
king's race.' He ground his teeth. 'The only king in
Europe!' Who else? Who has done and suffered except me? who
has lain and run and hidden with his faithful subjects, like
a second Bruce? Not my accursed cousin, Louis of France, at
least, the lewd effeminate traitor!' And filling the glass
to the brim, he drank a king's damnation. Ah, if he had the