|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
shall have answered in all sincerity a question I will put to you!"--
He released her arm, and the girl suddenly felt alone in the world, as
he said: "What is your object in questioning me as to my birth?"
She stood motionless, cold, and speechless.
"Mademoiselle," Maximilien went on, "let us go no further if we do not
understand each other. I love you," he said, in a voice of deep
emotion. "Well, then," he added, as he heard the joyful exclamation
she could not suppress, "why ask me if I am of noble birth?"
"Could he speak so if he were not?" cried a voice within her, which
Emilie believed came from the depths of her heart. She gracefully
raised her head, seemed to find new life in the young man's gaze, and
|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 Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy:
without an Act of Parliament."
"Have you to sign a paper, or swear anything? Is it something like
"Yes, I believe so."
"How long has it been introduced?"
"About six months or a year, the lawyer said, I think."
To hear these two poor Arcadian innocents talk of imperial law
would have made a humane person weep who should have known what a
dangerous structure they were building up on their supposed
knowledge. They remained in thought, like children in the
presence of the incomprehensible.