|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Night and Day by Virginia Woolf:
eyes she walked to the door. Denham followed her downstairs.
It was a strange drive. For Denham it was without exception the most
unpleasant he had ever taken. His only wish was to go as straightly
and quickly as possible to Cheyne Walk; but it soon appeared that Mrs.
Hilbery either ignored or thought fit to baffle this desire by
interposing various errands of her own. She stopped the carriage at
post-offices, and coffee-shops, and shops of inscrutable dignity where
the aged attendants had to be greeted as old friends; and, catching
sight of the dome of St. Paul's above the irregular spires of Ludgate
Hill, she pulled the cord impulsively, and gave directions that
Anderson should drive them there. But Anderson had reasons of his own
|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 Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
we are with about one half teaspoon of Dop given us at night, while he has
ten empty champagne bottles lying behind his tent. And we have to live on
the mealies we're convoying for the horses, while he has pati and beef, and
lives like a lord! It's all very well for the regulars; they know what
they're in for, and they've got gentlemen over them anyhow, and one can
stomach anything if you know what kind of a fellow you've got over you.
English officers are gentlemen, anyhow; or if one was under Selous now--"
"Oh, Selous's a MAN!" broke out the other two, taking their pipes from
"Yes, well, that's what I say. But these fellows, who couldn't do as
farmers, and couldn't do as shopkeepers, and God knows what else; and their