|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
If I am not much mistook thou hast somewhat in the bottom of that
fat sack of meal. Good Arthur, empty the bag upon the ground;
I warrant thou wilt find a shilling or two in the flour."
"Alas!" cried the Miller, falling upon his knees, "spoil not
all my good meal! It can better you not, and will ruin me.
Spare it, and I will give up the money in the bag."
"Ha!" quoth Robin, nudging Will Scarlet. "Is it so?
And have I found where thy money lies? Marry, I have a wondrous
nose for the blessed image of good King Harry. I thought
that I smelled gold and silver beneath the barley meal.
Bring it straight forth, Miller."
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
Gideon forgot to turn away his eyes, and, swinging the hammer
with a will, discharged a smashing blow on his own knuckles. With
admirable presence of mind he crushed down an oath and
substituted the harmless comment, 'Butter fingers!' But the pain
was sharp, his nerve was shaken, and after an abortive trial he
found he must desist from further operations.
In a moment Julia was off to the pantry; in a moment she was back
again with a basin of water and a sponge, and had begun to bathe
his wounded hand.
'I am dreadfully sorry!' said Gideon apologetically. 'If I had
had any manners I should have opened the box first and smashed my