|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
scythe had swept across them. The storm was now at its
height. The lightning filled the defile, and the thunder-
claps had become one continued peal. The ground, struck
by the concussion, trembled as though the whole Ural chain
was shaken to its foundations.
Happily, the tarantass could be so placed that the storm
might strike it obliquely. But the counter-currents, di-
rected towards it by the slope, could not be so well avoided,
and so violent were they that every instant it seemed as
though it would be dashed to pieces.
Nadia was obliged to leave her seat, and Michael, by the
|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 Eryxias by Platonic Imitator:
the production of the same result?
ERYXIAS: I cannot say more than that if we require the same thing to
produce the same result, then it seems to me to be useful; if not, not.
SOCRATES: Then if without the aid of fire we could make a brazen statue,
we should not want fire for that purpose; and if we did not want it, it
would be useless to us? And the argument applies equally in other cases.
SOCRATES: And therefore conditions which are not required for the
existence of a thing are not useful for the production of it?
ERYXIAS: Of course not.
SOCRATES: And if without gold or silver or anything else which we do not