|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
when Michael entertained guests it was at the halls of Nichol or
Verrey that he would convene them, and the door of his private
residence remained closed against his friends. The upper storey,
which was sunny, was set apart for his father; the drawing-room
was never opened; the dining-room was the scene of Michael's
life. It is in this pleasant apartment, sheltered from the
curiosity of King's Road by wire blinds, and entirely surrounded
by the lawyer's unrivalled library of poetry and criminal trials,
that we find him sitting down to his dinner after his holiday
with Pitman. A spare old lady, with very bright eyes and a mouth
humorously compressed, waited upon the lawyer's needs; in every
|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 Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
"I've found the sardines," said Moira, and she ran into the hall, holding a
box high in the air.
"A Lady with a Box of Sardines," said Dennis gravely.
"Well, William, and how's London?" asked Bill Hunt, drawing the cork out of
a bottle of whisky.
"Oh, London's not much changed," answered William.
"Good old London," said Bobby, very hearty, spearing a sardine.
But a moment later William was forgotten. Moira Morrison began wondering
what colour one's legs really were under water.
"Mine are the palest, palest mushroom colour."
Bill and Dennis ate enormously. And Isabel filled glasses, and changed