|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
the morning, do. Perhaps you will find that it helps; I never heard that
howling helped any one."
Long after, when Em herself had gone to bed and was almost asleep, Lyndall
came and stood at her bedside.
"Here," she said, slipping a little pot of powder into her hand; "rub some
on to your face. Does it not burn where she struck you?"
Then she crept back to her own bed. Long, long after, when Em was really
asleep, she lay still awake, and folded her hands on her little breast, and
"When that day comes, and I am strong, I will hate everything that has
power, and help everything that is weak." And she bit her lip 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 Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather:
The weather had so far been dark and raw.
For two hours he had been watching the low,
dirty sky and the beating of the heavy rain
upon the iron-colored sea. There was a long,
oily swell that made exercise laborious.
The decks smelled of damp woolens, and the air
was so humid that drops of moisture kept
gathering upon his hair and mustache.
He seldom moved except to brush them away.
The great open spaces made him passive and
the restlessness of the water quieted him.