|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Youth by Joseph Conrad:
away they went together. Of course in the confusion
we did not hear him shouting. He looked abashed. She
said cheerfully, 'I suppose it does not matter my losing
the train now?' 'No, Jenny--you go below and get
warm,' he growled. Then to us: 'A sailor has no busi-
ness with a wife--I say. There I was, out of the ship.
Well, no harm done this time. Let's go and look at what
that fool of a steamer smashed.'
"It wasn't much, but it delayed us three weeks. At
the end of that time, the captain being engaged with his
agents, I carried Mrs. Beard's bag to the railway-sta-
|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 Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad:
was a date, 24th June 1879, engraved inside. "AN IMPENETRABLE
MYSTERY IS DESTINED TO HANG FOR EVER. . . . "
And Comrade Ossipon raised his bowed head, beloved of various
humble women of these isles, Apollo-like in the sunniness of its
bush of hair.
The Professor had grown restless meantime. He rose.
"Stay," said Ossipon hurriedly. "Here, what do you know of madness
The Professor passed the tip of his tongue on his dry, thin lips,
and said doctorally:
"There are no such things. All passion is lost now. The world is
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