|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll:
If only I've stated it thrice."
The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,
Attending to every word:
But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,
When the third repetition occurred.
It felt that, in spite of all possible pains,
It had somehow contrived to lose count,
And the only thing now was to rack its poor brains
By reckoning up the amount.
"Two added to one--if that could but be done,"
It said, "with one's fingers and thumbs!"
The Hunting of the Snark
|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 Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
appears that Tomotada rashly took Aoyagi with him to Kyoto, and so got into
trouble; but we are not informed as to where the couple lived afterwards.]
...Now a samurai was not allowed to marry without the consent of his lord;
and Tomotada could not expect to obtain this sanction before his mission
had been accomplished. He had reason, under such circumstances, to fear
that the beauty of Aoyagi might attract dangerous attention, and that means
might be devised of taking her away from him. In Kyoto he therefore tried
to keep her hidden from curious eyes. But a retainer of Lord Hosokawa one
day caught sight of Aoyagi, discovered her relation to Tomotada, and
reported the matter to the daimyo. Thereupon the daimyo -- a young prince,
and fond of pretty faces -- gave orders that the girl should be brought to