|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
Bamtz is terrified of them, and they know it. He's in it from
funk. Oh, Davy! take your ship away - quick!'
"'Too late,' said Davidson. 'She's on the mud already.'
"If the kid hadn't been in this state I would have run off with him
- to you - into the woods - anywhere. Oh, Davy! will he die?' she
cried aloud suddenly.
"Davidson met three men in the doorway. They made way for him
without actually daring to face his glance. But Bamtz was the only
one who looked down with an air of guilt. The big Frenchman had
remained lolling in his chair; he kept his stumps in his pockets
and addressed Davidson.
Within the Tides
|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 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin:
will hold not only in point of character, but of private history)
will show that you are ashamed of no origin; a thing the more important,
as you prove how little necessary all origin is to happiness, virtue,
or greatness. As no end likewise happens without a means, so we
shall find, sir, that even you yourself framed a plan by which you
became considerable; but at the same time we may see that though
the event is flattering,the means are as simple as wisdom could
make them;that is, depending upon nature, virtue, thought and
habit.Another thing demonstrated will be the propriety of everyman's
waiting for his time for appearing upon the stage of the world.
Our sensations being very much fixed to the moment, we are apt to
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin