Elements (was Re: If hosen and shoon thou ne'er gav'st nane)

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sun May 4 15:46:58 EDT 2003

Anna wrote:

>        I think it was Philip who pointed out the use of fire & flete &
>candle light by DWJ in A Sudden Wild Magic when they are calling up the
>sprit of the dead girl.  It refers to both fire & flete & candle light
>*and* hearth and house & warmth. And them there is a later reference to
>earth & air & flame that is also quite suggestive. I'm not sure if the
>three sets of three are meant to be equivalent or not... They don't seem
>to be used in exactly the same way... Possibly the last triad is an
>escalation on the first two.

Air, fire, water, earth.  With spirit for a fifth if one needs another for
the points of the pentagram.

What I wanted to know in that bit was, what happened to water?  Speaking as
a fish, you understand, I felt a bit left out when my element was so
pointedly ignored...




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