|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
from government funds, in the face of His Majesty's express and
reiterated protest. In another column of the statement, one
hundred and seventy-five dollars and seventy-five cents are debited
for the chief justice's travelling expenses. I am of the opinion
that if His Majesty desired (or dared) to take an outing, he would
be asked to bear the charge from his allowance. But although I
think the chief justice had done more nobly to pay for himself, I
am far from denying that his excursions were well meant; he should
indeed be praised for having made them; and I leave the charge out
of consideration in the following statement.
ON THE ONE HAND
|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 Madame Firmiani by Honore de Balzac:
"I saw your Madame Firmiani yesterday," went on the old fellow,
kissing the tips of his fingers, which he gathered into a bunch. "She
is charming. You have the consent and approbation of your uncle, if
that will do you any good. As to the sanction of the Church I suppose
that's useless, and the sacraments cost so much in these days. Come,
speak out, have you ruined yourself for her?"
"Ha! the jade! I'd have wagered it. In my time the women of the court
were cleverer at ruining a man than the courtesans of to-day; but this
one--I recognized her!--it is a bit of the last century."