|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Cousin Pons by Honore de Balzac:
died; the so-called originals are merely copies of the famous picture,
which is worth five hundred thousand francs, according to its owner's
estimation. This Jew possesses Titian's masterpiece, an /Entombment/
painted for Charles V., sent by the great man to the great Emperor
with a holograph letter, now fastened down upon the lower part of the
canvas. And Magus has yet another Titian, the original sketch from
which all the portraits of Philip II. were painted. His remaining
ninety-seven pictures are all of the same rank and distinction.
Wherefore Magus laughs at our national collection, raked by the
sunlight which destroys the fairest paintings, pouring in through
panes of glass that act as lenses. Picture galleries can only be
|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 Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
China image while he wrote an order to his secretary to pay me, I
won't say how much, because you wouldn't believe it.
'"Oh! Bless you, Abbe! God bless you!" I got it out at last.
'"Yes," he says, "I am a priest in spite of myself, but they call
me Bishop now. Take this for my episcopal blessing," and he
hands me the paper.
'"He stole all that money from me," says Boney over my
shoulder. "A Bank of France is another of the things we must
make. Are you mad?" he shouts at Talleyrand.
'"Quite," says Talleyrand, getting up. "But be calm. The
disease will never attack you. It is called gratitude. This gentleman