|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
"As Gertrude says, it 's a beautiful idea," said Felix.
Felix was smiling, but Mr. Brand was not even trying to.
He himself treated his proposition very seriously.
"I have thought of it, and I should like to do it," he affirmed.
Charlotte, meanwhile, was staring with expanded eyes.
Her imagination, as I have said, was not so rapid as her
sister's, but now it had taken several little jumps.
"Father," she murmured, "consent!"
Mr. Brand heard her; he looked away. Mr. Wentworth, evidently,
had no imagination at all. "I have always thought,"
he began, slowly, "that Gertrude's character required a special
|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 A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde:
good fortune. He is quite a PROTEGE of mine. And I am
particularly pleased that Lord Illingworth should have made the
offer of his own accord without my suggesting anything. Nobody
likes to be asked favours. I remember poor Charlotte Pagden making
herself quite unpopular one season, because she had a French
governess she wanted to recommend to every one.
LADY CAROLINE. I saw the governess, Jane. Lady Pagden sent her to
me. It was before Eleanor came out. She was far too good-looking
to be in any respectable household. I don't wonder Lady Pagden was
so anxious to get rid of her.
LADY HUNSTANTON. Ah, that explains it.