|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
imperfections. Embarrassed by the salutation of the young girl, he
returned it awkwardly, and stayed beside Beauvouloir, with whom he
talked as they paced along the shore; presently, however, Gabrielle's
timid and deprecating countenance emboldened him, and he dared to
address her. The incident of the song was the result of mere chance.
Beauvouloir had intentionally made no preparations; he thought,
wisely, that between two beings in whom solitude had left pure hearts,
love would arise in all its simplicity. The repetition of the air by
Gabrielle was a ready text on which to begin a conversation.
During this promenade Etienne was conscious of that bodily buoyancy
which all men have felt at the moment when a first love transports
|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 King James Bible:
PRO 26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
PRO 26:19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not
I in sport?
PRO 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is
no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
PRO 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
PRO 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down
into the innermost parts of the belly.
PRO 26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered
with silver dross.
King James Bible