|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
shop. I used to spend all my time in the shop under a table dressing my
doll's hair--copying the assistants, I suppose. They were ever so kind to
me. Used to make me little wigs, all colours, the latest fashions and all.
And there I'd sit all day, quiet as quiet--the customers never knew. Only
now and again I'd take my peep from under the table-cloth.
...But one day I managed to get a pair of scissors and--would you believe
it, madam? I cut off all my hair; snipped it off all in bits, like the
little monkey I was. Grandfather was furious! He caught hold of the
tongs--I shall never forget it--grabbed me by the hand and shut my fingers
in them. "That'll teach you!" he said. It was a fearful burn. I've got
the mark of it to-day.
|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 Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
blue wool hanging out of either end. It was more picturesque, it
spared the donkey, and, as I began to see, it would ensure
stability, blow high, blow low. But it was not without a pang that
I had so decided. For although I had purchased a new cord, and
made all as fast as I was able, I was yet jealously uneasy lest the
flaps should tumble out and scatter my effects along the line of
My way lay up the bald valley of the river, along the march of
Vivarais and Gevaudan. The hills of Gevaudan on the right were a
little more naked, if anything, than those of Vivarais upon the
left, and the former had a monopoly of a low dotty underwood that