|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells:
and excited because my trance is over, and who are
the men in white in that huge council chamber? "
"All in good time, Sire," said Howard. "But not
crudely, not crudely. This is one of those flimsy times
when no man has a settled mind. Your awakening.
No one expected your awakening. The Council is
"What council? "
"The Council you saw."
Graham made a petulant movement. " This is not
right," he said. " I should be told what is happening.
When the Sleeper Wakes
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells:
spring. The touch of the wind warmed. The sky
was an intense blue and the vast expanse of London
shone dazzling under the morning sun. The air was
clear of smoke and haze, sweet as the air of a mountain
Save for the irregular oval of ruins about the House
of the Council and the black flag of the surrender that
fluttered there, the mighty city seen from above
showed few signs of the swift revolution that had, to
his imagination, in one night and one day, changed
the destinies of the world. A multitude of people still
When the Sleeper Wakes
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
or satyr. [Dr. Phillips tells me that he has seen the head in
question, and assures me that he has never received such a
vivid presentment of intense evil.]
From whatever cause arising, this second shock seemed
too severe for the boy Trevor, and at the present date he
suffers from a weakness of intellect, which gives but little
promise of amending. The matter caused a good deal of
sensation at the time, and the girl Helen was closely
questioned by Mr. R., but to no purpose, she steadfastly
denying that she had frightened or in any way molested Trevor.
The second event with which this girl's name is
The Great God Pan
|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 Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
and, in all probability, with entire success.
That there were excellent grounds for Theriere's belief that
he could win Barbara Harding's hand with such a flying start
as his daring plan would have assured him may not be
questioned, for the man was cultivated, polished and, in a
sinister way, good-looking. The title that he had borne upon
the occasion of his visit to the yacht, was, all unknown to his
accomplices, his by right of birth, so that there was nothing
other than a long-dead scandal in the French Navy that might
have proved a bar to an affiance such as he dreamed of. And
now to be thwarted at the last moment! It was unendurable.