|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
on, what Cleggett beheld; Cap'n Abernethy seemed to be saying,
with these snores: "If you was to ask me, I'd say it ain't a
cheerful ship this mornin', Mr. Cleggett, it ain't a cheerful
But Cleggett's nature was too lively and vigorous to remain
clouded for long. By the time the red disk of the sun had crept
above the eastern horizon he had shaken off his fit of the blues.
The sun looked large and bland and friendly, and, somehow, the
partisan of integrity and honor. He drew strength from it.
Cleggett, like all poetic souls, was responsive to these familiar
recurrent phenomena of nature.
|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 Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:
flags, warmed (after the fashion of a country house) by a bright,
open fire, and furnished with costly cabinets of oak. "Will you
wait here by the fire, sir? or shall I give you a light in the
"Here, thank you," said the lawyer, and he drew near and
leaned on the tall fender. This hall, in which he was now left
alone, was a pet fancy of his friend the doctor's; and Utterson
himself was wont to speak of it as the pleasantest room in London.
But tonight there was a shudder in his blood; the face of Hyde sat
heavy on his memory; he felt (what was rare with him) a nausea
and distaste of life; and in the gloom of his spirits, he seemed
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde