|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
If it will take them fifty miles, very well; let it be fifty.
If not, a shorter flight will do.
During a couple of days, we frequently answered these hails.
Sometimes there was a group of high-water-stained, tumble-down cabins,
populous with colored folk, and no whites visible; with grassless
patches of dry ground here and there; a few felled trees,
with skeleton cattle, mules, and horses, eating the leaves and
gnawing the bark--no other food for them in the flood-wasted land.
Sometimes there was a single lonely landing-cabin; near it
the colored family that had hailed us; little and big, old and young,
roosting on the scant pile of household goods; these consisting
|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 The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
And there, in a low-ceiled inn of quarrymen, they said farewell;
for business called the captain whilst Carter was eager to talk
with miners about the north. There were many men in that inn,
and the traveller was not long in speaking to some of them; saying
that he was an old miner of onyx, and anxious to know somewhat
of Inquanok's quarries. But all that he learned was not much more
than he knew before, for the miners were timid and evasive about
the cold desert to the north and the quarry that no man visits.
They had fears of fabled emissaries from around the mountains
where Leng is said to lie, and of evil presences and nameless
sentinels far north among the scattered rocks. And they whispered
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath