|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy:
"He is not ill--only incapacitated."
"Yes--that is what I mean. I sincerely sympathize
with you in your trouble. Fate has treated you cruelly."
She was silent awhile. "Have you heard that he has
chosen to work as a furze-cutter?" she said in a low,
"It has been mentioned to me," answered Wildeve hesitatingly.
"But I hardly believed it."
"It is true. What do you think of me as a furze-
"I think the same as ever of you, Eustacia. Nothing of
Return of the Native
|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 Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
until she grew quite flushed. I have heard the reverse process going
on between a Scotswoman and a French girl; and the arguments in the
two cases were identical. Each apostle based her claim on the
superior virtue and attainments of her clergy, and clenched the
business with a threat of hell-fire. 'PAS BONG PRETRES ICI,' said
the Presbyterian, 'BONG PRETRES EN ECOSSE.' And the postmaster's
daughter, taking up the same weapon, plied me, so to speak, with the
butt of it instead of the bayonet. We are a hopeful race, it seems,
and easily persuaded for our good. One cheerful circumstance I note
in these guerilla missions, that each side relies on hell, and
Protestant and Catholic alike address themselves to a supposed