|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
Lincoln's admiration years before. Davis had been the child who
began his schooling so near to Lincoln in Kentucky. He had had a
far different career. Good fortune had carried him to West Point,
into the Mexican War, into the cabinet of President Franklin
Pierce, and twice into the Senate. He had had money, high office,
the best education his country could give him--everything, it
seemed, that had been denied to Lincoln. Now the two men were the
chosen heads of two great opposing factions, one bent on
destroying the government that had treated him so kindly; the
other, for whom it had done so little, willing to lay down his
life in its defense.
|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 Coxon Fund by Henry James:
never really materialised her. She feels indeed that she has
become very British--as if that, as a process, as a 'Werden,' as
anything but an original sign of grace, were conceivable; but it's
precisely what makes her cling to the notion of the 'Fund'--cling
to it as to a link with the ideal."
"How can she cling if she's dying?"
"Do you mean how can she act in the matter?" Gravener asked.
"That's precisely the question. She can't! As she has never yet
caught her hare, never spied out her lucky impostor--how should
she, with the life she has led?--her husband's intention has come
very near lapsing. His idea, to do him justice, was that it SHOULD