|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
He was usually ungracious with Cleggett. His face set itself in
the expression it always took when he declined to consider
raising a man's salary. Cleggett, who had been refused a raise
regularly every three months for the past two years, was familiar
with the look.
"Go on, go on--what is it?" asked Mr. Wharton unpleasantly,
frowning and stroking the frosty mustache, first one side and
then the other.
"I just stepped in to tell you," said Cleggett quietly, "that I
don't think much of the way you are running the Enterprise."
Wharton stopped stroking his mustache so quickly and so amazedly
|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 Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
sinister in the air.
Mackenzie explained to Professor Freeborn
that this was a fear picked up from blackfellow folklore - the
natives having woven a curious fabric of malignant myth about
the high winds which at long intervals sweep across the sands
under a clear sky. Such winds, it is whispered, blow out of the
great stone huts under the ground, where terrible things have
happened - and are never felt except near places where the big
marked stones are scattered. Close to four the gale subsided as
suddenly as it had begun, leaving the sand hills in new and unfamiliar
Shadow out of Time