|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"Of course it does," said the Scarecrow, wisely. "All magic is unnatural,
and for that reason is to be feared and avoided. But I see before us the
gates of the Emerald City, so I imagine we have now overcome all the magical
obstacles that seemed to oppose us."
Indeed, the walls of the City were plainly visible, and the Queen of the
Field Mice, who had guided them so faithfully, came near to bid them good-
"We are very grateful to your Majesty for your kind assistance," said the
Tin Woodman, bowing before the pretty creature.
"I am always pleased to be of service to my friends," answered the Queen,
and in a flash she had darted away upon her journey home.
The Marvelous Land of Oz
|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:
his latest affliction the fellow seemed to have forgotten his
child, who was still missing as the night advanced. There was
some talk of searching the woods, but most of the family’s friends
were busy with the dead woman and the screaming man. Altogether,
the nervous strain upon West must have been tremendous. Thoughts
of the police and of the mad Italian both weighed heavily.
retired about eleven, but I did not sleep well. Bolton had a surprisingly
good police force for so small a town, and I could not help fearing
the mess which would ensue if the affair of the night before were
ever tracked down. It might mean the end of all our local work
Herbert West: Reanimator