|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
all yesterday he was raving -- raving about Skinner, and having no Sundays.
`I never had a Sunday's rest,' these were his last words."
No one spoke for a while, and then the governor said, "I'll tell you what,
mates, this is a warning for us."
40 Poor Ginger
One day, while our cab and many others were waiting outside one of the parks
where music was playing, a shabby old cab drove up beside ours.
The horse was an old worn-out chestnut, with an ill-kept coat,
and bones that showed plainly through it, the knees knuckled over,
and the fore-legs were very unsteady. I had been eating some hay,
and the wind rolled a little lock of it that way, and the poor creature
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac:
"If you choose to jest, there is nothing to be done but to beat a
retreat," said Pillerault.
"You speak like the wise man that you are," answered Gigonnet, with a
"Well, suppose I endorse Monsieur Popinot's notes?" said Pillerault,
playing his last card.
"You are gold by the ingot, Monsieur Pillerault; but I don't want bars
of gold, I want my money."
Pillerault and Popinot bowed and went away. Going down the stairs,
Popinot's knees shook under him.
"Is that a man?" he said to Pillerault.
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not
that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. Behold, such
importance God attaches to the fact that we are sure we do not pray in
vain, and that we do not in any way despise our prayer.
We have now finished the three chief parts of the common Christian
doctrine. Besides these we have yet to speak of our two Sacraments
instituted by Christ, of which also every Christian ought to have at
least an ordinary, brief instruction, because without them there can be
no Christian; although, alas! hitherto no instruction concerning them
|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 Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft:
had come to the highest authorities in the country and met with
no more than the Greenland tale of Professor Webb.
interest aroused at the meeting by Legrasse's tale, corroborated
as it was by the statuette, is echoed in the subsequent correspondence
of those who attended; although scant mention occurs in the formal
publications of the society. Caution is the first care of those
accustomed to face occasional charlatanry and imposture. Legrasse
for some time lent the image to Professor Webb, but at the latter's
death it was returned to him and remains in his possession, where
I viewed it not long ago. It is truly a terrible thing, and unmistakably
Call of Cthulhu