|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
"Ellen will be down in a moment; and before she
comes, I am so glad of this quiet moment with you."
Archer murmured his pleasure at their meeting, and
the Marchioness continued, in her low sighing accents:
"I know everything, dear Mr. Archer--my child has
told me all you have done for her. Your wise advice:
your courageous firmness--thank heaven it was not
The young man listened with considerable
embarrassment. Was there any one, he wondered, to whom
Madame Olenska had not proclaimed his intervention
|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 Tanach:
Proverbs 20: 14 'It is bad, it is bad', saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Proverbs 20: 15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Proverbs 20: 16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.
Proverbs 20: 17 Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Proverbs 20: 18 Every purpose is established by counsel; and with good advice carry on war.
Proverbs 20: 19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.
Proverbs 20: 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness.
Proverbs 20: 21 An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Proverbs 20: 22 Say not thou: 'I will requite evil'; wait for the LORD, and He will save thee.
Proverbs 20: 23 Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
Proverbs 20: 24 A man's goings are of the LORD; how then can man look to his way?