|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare:
The kiss I gave you is bestow'd in vain,
And all in vain you strive against the stream; 772
For by this black-fac'd night, desire's foul nurse,
Your treatise makes me like you worse and worse.
'If love have lent you twenty thousand tongues,
And every tongue more moving than your own, 776
Bewitching like the wanton mermaid's songs,
Yet from mine ear the tempting tune is blown;
For know, my heart stands armed in mine ear,
And will not let a false sound enter there; 780
'Lest the deceiving harmony should run
|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 Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Anyhow, I was famished when we awoke. I think that
it was the pangs of hunger that awoke me. Ptarmigan
and wild boar fell before my revolver within a dozen
moments of my awakening. Perry soon had a roaring fire
blazing by the brink of the little stream.
It was a good and delicious meal we made. Though
we did not eat the entire boar, we made a very large
hole in him, while the ptarmigan was but a mouthful.
Having satisfied our hunger, we determined to set forth
at once in search of Anoroc and my old friend, Ja the