|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
with you apart; for men say that in your distant islands the
sight is poured forth with more clearness and power than upon us,
who dwell near the Sassenach."
While they were plunged into their mystic conference, the two
English cavaliers entered the cabin in the highest possible
spirits, and announced to Angus M'Aulay that orders had been
issued that all should hold themselves in readiness for an
immediate march to the westward. Having delivered themselves of
their news with much glee, they paid their compliments to their
old acquaintance Major Dalgetty, whom they instantly recognised,
and enquired after the health of his charger, Gustavus.
|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 Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
peasantry inflict on France has its proof in a fact I will show to you
in two words: English capital, by its perpetual turning over, has
created ten thousand millions of manufacturing and interest-bearing
property; whereas French capital, which is far more abundant, has not
created one tenth of that amount."
"And that is all the more extraordinary," said Roubaud, "because they
are lymphatic, and we, as a general thing, are sanguine and
"Ah! monsieur," said Clousier, "there you touch a great question,
which ought to be studied: How to find institutions properly adapted
to repress the temperament of a people! Assuredly Cromwell was a great