|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
the coast nearby he had built a little Cornish fishing village
with steep cobbled ways, settling therein such people as had the
most English faces, and seeking ever to teach them the dear remembered
accents of old Cornwall fishers. And in a valley not far off he
had reared a great Norman Abbey whose tower he could see from
his window, placing around it in the churchyard grey stones with
the names of his ancestors carved thereon, and with a moss somewhat
like Old England's moss. For though Kuranes was a monarch in the
land of dream, with all imagined pomps and marvels, splendours
and beauties, ecstasies and delights, novelties and excitements
at his command, he would gladly have resigned forever the whole
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
wedding shall now be celebrated before me. The guests are assembled;-- the
gifts are ready."
At a signal from the lord, the sliding-screens concealing a further
apartment were pushed open; and Tomotada saw there many dignitaries of the
court, assembled for the ceremony, and Aoyagi awaiting him in brides'
apparel... Thus was she given back to him;-- and the wedding was joyous and
splendid;-- and precious gifts were made to the young couple by the prince,
and by the members of his household.
* * *
For five happy years, after that wedding, Tomotada and Aoyagi dwelt
together. But one morning Aoyagi, while talking with her husband about some
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:
It must not be supposed that Thaddeus was living without pleasure, in
the midst of his sufferings. The deceptions of this day, for instance,
were a source of inward joy to him. Since the return of the count and
countess he had daily felt ineffable satisfactions in knowing himself
necessary to a household which, without his devotion to its interests,
would infallibly have gone to ruin. What fortune can bear the strain
of reckless prodigality? Clementine, brought up by a spendthrift
father, knew nothing of the management of a household which the women
of the present day, however rich or noble they are, are often
compelled to undertake themselves. How few, in these days, keep a
steward. Adam, on the other hand, son of one of the great Polish lords
|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 Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
"How pale I am!" she said, as she fastened her dress and passed
her fingers over her loosened hair. "Come, let us go back to
supper. Are you coming?"
I sat still and did not move.
She saw how deeply I had been affected by the whole scene, and,
coming up to me, held out her hand, saying:
"Come now, let us go."
I took her hand, raised it to my lips, and in spite of myself two
tears fell upon it.
"Why, what a child you are!" she said, sitting down by my side
again. "You are crying! What is the matter?"