|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
thought the Episcopal Church a snobbish one, and now she knew it.
So public opinion went on being indignant over Molly's conduct.
She could stoop to work for money, and yet she pretended to hold
herself above the most rising young man in Hoosic Falls, and all
just because there was a difference in their grandmothers!
Was this the reason at the bottom of it? The very bottom? I
cannot be certain, because I have never been a girl myself.
Perhaps she thought that work is not a stooping, and that
marriage may be. Perhaps-- But all I really know is that Molly
Wood continued cheerfully to embroider the handkerchiefs, make
the preserves, teach the pupils--and firmly to reject Sam
|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 Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli:
And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his
understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when
they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise,
because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them
faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion
of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them.
There were none who knew Messer Antonio da Venafro as the servant of
Pandolfo Petrucci, Prince of Siena, who would not consider Pandolfo to
be a very clever man in having Venafro for his servant. Because there
are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself;
another which appreciates what others comprehended; and a third which