|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
the fence. A long, low building, a storage shed evidently, showed
a few yards in front of them. It seemed to be quite close to the
river, for now she could see the reflection of lights from here
and there playing on the black, mirror-like surface of the water.
Farther on, over beyond the shed, the yard of the plant, dotted
with other buildings and those spidery iron structures which she
had previously noticed, stretched away until it was lost in the
darkness. Here, however, within the radius of one of the street
arc lamps it was quite light.
Rhoda Gray had paused in almost hopeless indecision as to how or
where to begin her search, when the Sparrow spoke again.
|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 Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger:
truth is that motherhood, among the larger part of our population,
does not rise to the level of the barbarous or the primitive.
Conditions of life among the primitive tribes were rude enough and
severe enough to prevent the unhealthy growth of sentimentality, and
to discourage the irresponsible production of defective children.
Moreover, there is ample evidence to indicate that even among the most
primitive peoples the function of maternity was recognized as of
primary and central importance to the community.
If we define civilization as increased and increasing responsibility
based on vision and foresight, it becomes painfully evident that the
profession of motherhood as practised to-day is in no sense civilized.