|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Philebus by Plato:
relation to the present and the past, or in relation to the future also?
PROTARCHUS: I should say in relation to all times alike.
SOCRATES: Have not purely mental pleasures and pains been described
already as in some cases anticipations of the bodily ones; from which we
may infer that anticipatory pleasures and pains have to do with the future?
PROTARCHUS: Most true.
SOCRATES: And do all those writings and paintings which, as we were saying
a little while ago, are produced in us, relate to the past and present
only, and not to the future?
PROTARCHUS: To the future, very much.
SOCRATES: When you say, 'Very much,' you mean to imply that all these
|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 Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
there was no wagon in the street, but only a group of strange-looking
figures bearing a large square box which they deposited in the
hallway after one of them had grunted in a highly unnatural voice,
"Express -- prepaid." They filed out of the house with a jerky
tread, and as I watched them go I had an odd idea that they were
turning toward the ancient cemetery on which the back of the house
abutted. When I slammed the door after them West came downstairs
and looked at the box. It was about two feet square, and bore
West’s correct name and present address. It also bore the inscription,
"From Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee, St. Eloi, Flanders." Six years
before, in Flanders, a shelled hospital had fallen upon the headless
Herbert West: Reanimator