|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
our hearts ill-will towards those who believe-our Lord! verily, thou
art kind, compassionate!'
Dost thou not look on those who were hypocritical, saying to their
brethren who misbelieved amongst the people of the Book, 'If ye be
driven forth we will go forth with you; and we will never obey any one
concerning you; and if ye be fought against we will help you.' But God
bears witness that they are surely liars!
If they be driven forth, these will not go forth with them; and if
they be fought against, these will not help them; or if they do help
them, they will turn their backs in flight;- then shall they not be
|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 Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
"Oh, take care! That mast just missed crushing you!"
And he carried him off and shook him before setting him down again.
In view of the sceneshifters' exaggerated mirth, Fauchery grew
white. His lips trembled, and he was ready to flare up in anger
while Mignon, shamming good nature, was clapping him on the shoulder
with such affectionate violence as nearly to pulverize him.
"I value your health, I do!" he kept repeating. "Egad! I should be
in a pretty pickle if anything serious happened to you!"
But just then a whisper ran through their midst: "The prince! The
prince! And everybody turned and looked at the little door which
opened out of the main body of the house. At first nothing was