|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Chita: A Memory of Last Island by Lafcadio Hearn:
absence in other climates. True! he had been four years in the
army! But this was 1867 ... He hesitated a moment;
then,--opening his medicine chest, he measured out and swallowed
thirty grains of quinine.
Then he lay down again. His head pained more and more;---it
seemed as if the cervical vertebrae were filled with fluid iron.
And still his skin remained dry as if tanned. Then the anguish
grew so intense as to force a groan with almost every aspiration
... Nausea,--and the stinging bitterness of quinine rising in his
throat;---dizziness, and a brutal wrenching within his stomach.
Everything began to look pink;---the light was rose-colored. It
|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 Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
given to the world by his son David, and to that I would refer
those interested in such matters. But my own design, which is
to represent the man, would be very ill carried out if I
suffered myself or my reader to forget that he was, first of
all and last of all, an engineer. His chief claim to the
style of a mechanical inventor is on account of the Jib or
Balance Crane of the Bell Rock, which are beautiful
contrivances. But the great merit of this engineer was not in
the field of engines. He was above all things a projector of
works in the face of nature, and a modifier of nature itself.
A road to be made, a tower to be built, a harbour to be