|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
"Why, how now, Blunt," said Sir James, when Myles had ended, "I
myself gave the lads leave to go to the river to bathe. Wherefore
shouldst thou forbid one of them?"
"I did it but to punish this fellow for his mutiny," said the
bachelor. "Methought we at their head were to have oversight
"So ye are," said the knight; "but only to a degree. Ere ye take
it upon ye to gainsay any of my orders or permits, come ye first
to me. Dost thou understand?"
"Aye," answered Blunt, sullenly.
"So be it, and now get thee gone," said the knight; "and let me
Men of Iron
|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 Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
diminutive she-ass, not much bigger than a dog, the colour of a
mouse, with a kindly eye and a determined under-jaw. There was
something neat and high-bred, a quakerish elegance, about the rogue
that hit my fancy on the spot. Our first interview was in
Monastier market-place. To prove her good temper, one child after
another was set upon her back to ride, and one after another went
head over heels into the air; until a want of confidence began to
reign in youthful bosoms, and the experiment was discontinued from
a dearth of subjects. I was already backed by a deputation of my
friends; but as if this were not enough, all the buyers and sellers
came round and helped me in the bargain; and the ass and I and