Today's Stichomancy for Oscar Wilde
|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Historical Lecturers and Essays by Charles Kingsley:
brain, which I have in common with apes and dogs and horses. I am a
man--thou art a man or woman--not because we have a flesh--God
forbid! but because there is a spirit in us, a divine spark and ray,
which nature did not give, and which nature cannot take away. And
therefore, while I live on earth, I will live to the spirit, not to
the flesh, that I may be, indeed, a man; and this same gross flesh,
this animal ape-nature in me, shall be the very element in me which
I will renounce, defy, despise; at least, if I am minded to be, not
a merely higher savage, but a truly higher civilised man.
Civilisation with me shall mean, not more wealth, more finery, more
self-indulgence--even more aesthetic and artistic luxury; but more
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
marked, most wonderful, life-giving.
Wealth bright, O Bright One, vast, with many heroes, give with
bright flames to the man who lauds thee.
HYMN VII. Agni.
1. Him, messenger of earth and head of heaven, Agni Vaisvanara,
in holy Order,
The Rig Veda
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
round to the store-room, and passed through the kitchen to where
the dancers were robustly tramping. Miss Wood was still the
partner of Mr. Taylor. "Let's have some whiskey," said the
Virginian. They had it, and returned, and the Virginian's disgust
and sense of injury grew deeper. "Old Carmody has got her now,"
he drawled. "He polkas like a landslide. She learns his
monkey-faced kid to spell dog and cow all the mawnin'. He'd ought
to be tucked up cosey in his bed right now, old Carmody ought."
They were standing in that place set apart for the sleeping
children; and just at this moment one of two babies that were
stowed beneath a chair uttered a drowsy note. A much louder cry,
|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 Ferragus by Honore de Balzac:
loss; and the good-natured fugitive, who arrives like a shot
exclaiming, "Ah! what weather, messieurs, what weather!" and bows to
every one; and, finally, the true /bourgeois/ of Paris, with his
unfailing umbrella, an expert in showers, who foresaw this particular
one, but would come out in spite of his wife; this one takes a seat in
the porter's chair. According to individual character, each member of
this fortuitous society contemplates the skies, and departs, skipping
to avoid the mud,--because he is in a hurry, or because he sees other
citizens walking along in spite of wind and slush, or because, the
archway being damp and mortally catarrhal, the bed's edge, as the
proverb says, is better than the sheets. Each one has his motive. No