|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:
Where is my Page? go Villaine fetch a Surgeon
Rom. Courage man, the hurt cannot be much
Mer. No: 'tis not so deepe as a well, nor so wide as a
Church doore, but 'tis inough, 'twill serue: aske for me to
morrow, and you shall find me a graue man. I am pepper'd
I warrant, for this world: a plague a both your houses.
What, a Dog, a Rat, a Mouse, a Cat to scratch a man to
death: a Braggart, a Rogue, a Villaine, that fights by the
booke of Arithmeticke, why the deu'le came you betweene
vs? I was hurt vnder your arme
Rom. I thought all for the best
Romeo and Juliet
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The United States Bill of Rights:
in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service
in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for
the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;
nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,
nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a
speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district
wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have
been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:
'You'll rip her inside out,' murmured the keeper.
The chair charged in a sick lurch sideways at the ditch.
'Clifford!' cried Connie, rushing forward.
But the keeper had got the chair by the rail. Clifford, however,
putting on all his pressure, managed to steer into the riding, and with
a strange noise the chair was fighting the hill. Mellors pushed
steadily behind, and up she went, as if to retrieve herself.
'You see, she's doing it!' said Clifford, victorious, glancing over his
shoulder. There he saw the keeper's face.
'Are you pushing her?'
'She won't do it without.'
Lady Chatterley's Lover
|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 Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft:
man, during which he related startling fragments of nocturnal
imaginery whose burden was always some terrible Cyclopean vista
of dark and dripping stone, with a subterrene voice or intelligence
shouting monotonously in enigmatical sense-impacts uninscribable
save as gibberish. The two sounds frequently repeated are those
rendered by the letters "Cthulhu" and "R'lyeh."
On March 23,
the manuscript continued, Wilcox failed to appear; and inquiries
at his quarters revealed that he had been stricken with an obscure
sort of fever and taken to the home of his family in Waterman
Street. He had cried out in the night, arousing several other
Call of Cthulhu