|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
startling end. I am not able to supply his omissions, or to repair his
faults of construction; but I must venture to put in a few explanatory
details, without which the rest of the tale would not hold together... It
appears that Tomotada rashly took Aoyagi with him to Kyoto, and so got into
trouble; but we are not informed as to where the couple lived afterwards.]
...Now a samurai was not allowed to marry without the consent of his lord;
and Tomotada could not expect to obtain this sanction before his mission
had been accomplished. He had reason, under such circumstances, to fear
that the beauty of Aoyagi might attract dangerous attention, and that means
might be devised of taking her away from him. In Kyoto he therefore tried
to keep her hidden from curious eyes. But a retainer of Lord Hosokawa one
|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 An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac:
for two years, obliged to present themselves at the prefecture every
month and ordered to remain in the commune of Cinq-Cygne during the
said two years. "I'll send you the papers for signature," the prefect
said to them. "Then, in the course of a few months, you can ask to be
relieved of these conditions, which are imposed on all of Pichegru's
accomplices. I will back your request."
These restrictions, fairly deserved, rather dispirited the young men,
but Laurence laughed at them.
"The Emperor of the French," she said, "was badly brought up; he has
not yet acquired the habit of bestowing favors graciously."
The party found all the inhabitants of the chateau at the gates, and a