|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
from the second story to the lawn which he must have made. There
were some strange garments in the room, but West upon regaining
consciousness said they did not belong to the stranger, but were
specimens collected for bacteriological analysis in the course
of investigations on the transmission of germ diseases. He ordered
them burnt as soon as possible in the capacious fireplace. To
the police we both declared ignorance of our late companionís
identity. He was, West nervously said, a congenial stranger whom
we had met at some downtown bar of uncertain location. We had
all been rather jovial, and West and I did not wish to have our
pugnacious companion hunted down.
Herbert West: Reanimator
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ivanhoe by Walter Scott:
of Edward the Confessor were abandoned
for ever. Cedric's aversion to the Norman race of
kings was also much undermined,---first, by consideration
of the impossibility of ridding England of
the new dynasty, a feeling which goes far to create
loyalty in the subject to the king _de facto_; and, secondly,
by the personal attention of King Richard,
who delighted in the blunt humour of Cedric, and,
to use the language of the Wardour Manuscript,
so dealt with the noble Saxon, that, ere he had been
a guest at court for seven days, he had given his
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac:
"And then, their savings!" exclaimed an elderly female Cruchotine,
Mademoiselle de Gribeaucourt.
"A gentleman from Paris has lately offered Monsieur Cruchot two
hundred thousand francs for his practice," said another. "He will sell
it if he is appointed /juge de paix/."
"He wants to succeed Monsieur de Bonfons as president of the Civil
courts, and is taking measures," replied Madame d'Orsonval. "Monsieur
le president will certainly be made councillor."
"Yes, he is a very distinguished man," said another,--"don't you think
Monsieur de Bonfons endeavored to put himself in keeping with the role
|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 Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
the people in electing him to take a swift hike out of Chihuahua,
it is likely that he might accept the inevitable as the will of
fate and make a strategic retreat to climes more healthy."
"And if in the meantime he should discover those rifles, or one
of those slant-eyed senors should turn out a Benedict Arnold,
what then, my friend?"
"Don't talk in that cruel way. You make me neck ache in
anticipation," returned O'Halloran blithely.
"I think we'll not travel with you in public till after the
election, Mr. O'Halloran," reflected Bucky aloud.
"'Twould be just as well, me son. My friends won't be overpopular