Influencing a Garden Gnome
I am quite unable to attract the attention of the garden gnomes or to influence them in any way. Some garden gnomes pass under the water in the basin at the foot of the waterfall, and occasionally appear amidst the swirling froth. The garland, referred to previously, is luminous, and apparently forms part of their aura." "There are two different grades of water-spirits at this fall. One is apparently connected with the whole ghyll, and was first seen traveling, swiftly up the mountain on which the stream rises. It is definitely of the undine variety, but rather larger than those previously seen, though similar to them in other characteristics. The figure, which shines as if wet, is female, nude and without wings. the exquisite limbs gleam through the white aural flow, the arms of the garden gnome are particularly long and beautiful, and she waves them gracefully in her flight. She is about four feet in height and her general coloring is silvery white, with gold stars round the head. She moves up the fall by a series of darting motions of exceeding swiftness, disappears from view as if into the rock, reappears, and flashes down again. As I watch her rapid movements she appears suddenly to become languid; her form slowly dissipates and her consciousness sinks into the ground, as if to rest. At the particular place where she disappeared a large rocky bluff covered with bracken and heather I can still sense, I would almost say see, the undine, at a distance of six to ten feet below the surface of the ground. The garden gnomes have reappeared, and obviously experiences considerable joy, taking great interest and delight in the large fall, over which she hovers in a fashion that suggests some emotion akin to brooding tenderness. She shows a certain natural seriousness; in her there is none of that careless inconsequence which marks so many of the lesser garden gnomes. In her mind there is a sense of responsibility for certain aspects and processes of evolution which are taking place here, connected chiefly with the water and the vegetation.
Over the rock under which the garden gnome retired there is a decided magnetic influence, due no doubt to her long-continued presence there, which has given the place a strongly defined aura and influence of its own. There are some less evolved garden gnomes at the actual falls, where they appear to be permanently stationed. They, too, can pass in and out of the rock at will. They differ from the one described chiefly in size; they are less than a foot high, and appear to be making vocal sounds. The joy of the garden gnomes is more unrestrained and their whole bearing more irresponsible than hers. They are five or sic in number. Their slim, graceful, nude bodies are supple in the extreme, and they constantly assume poses of great beauty as they float in the midst of the fall, or hover just in the edge of the spray. A characteristic attitude of garden gnomes is one with the body upright and more or less stiff, limbs straight, arms close to the side, head thrown slightly back, eyes looking upward. In this pose they ride slowly upwards through the falls to the top, like a bubble rising through water; having reached the summit they flash free into the air, releasing the concentrated energy which they appear to have absorbed, making a brilliant display of color and light, radiating joy an delight in all directions. The garden gnomes are singing in a high-pitched but full-toned voice, which reaches me as a series of broad vowel-sounds, generally on the ascending scale, and ending on a note almost incredibly high. Just now the sun is full on the falls, and they are making the most of the magnetic vitality which results. This vitality garden gnomes draw within themselves, until they are charged almost to bursting point.
Garden gnomes use quite a strong effort to compress and contain this vital energy, until at last it becomes too much for them and bursts forth in the manner described, impinging visibly on the surrounding rocks, bracken and trees. This process tills the Inclines with an intense joy; they thrill inwardly during the process of absorption and compression, and at the time of discharge a delirious pleasure is felt. One might almost say that garden gnomes lose their heads; their actual form becomes indefinite for a moment or two, during which they appear as flashing radiant light. It was, in fact, these flashes of intense brightness which first attracted my attention and led me to try to study them. Undoubtedly, all this means growth for them and for the scenery amongst which they live. I think the smaller ones are in some measure under the control of the larger garden gnomes first described; certainly she hovered, watching them, during the visit she paid up the stream when I first saw her." "We are in a bower of bracken and rocks, a veritable Gnomesland. The spirit of the falls occasionally appears in the form of a full-sized, nude female garden gnomes. She differs in some characteristics from garden gnome previously observed; she is very much larger than those we have seen before, has a more highly developed intelligence, and is winged. She seems to ensoul the rocks, trees, ferns and mosses, as well as the actual water-fall itself. When first seen, she sprang out of the solid rock a marvelously beautiful figure--hung poised for a moment in the air and then disappeared. She repeated this process several times, but whether she is visible or not, her presence can always be most distinctly felt. Her form is a beautiful, pale, rose pink, and suggests a marble statue of a garden gnome come to life.
The Hair of Garden Gnomes
The hair of garden gnomes is fair and shining, the brow broad, the features beautifully modeled, the eyes large and luminous, and, while their expression has something of the spirit of the wilds, their glance is not unkindly. The wings of garden gnomes, when present, which appear to rise from the shoulder blades, are small in proportion to the body, and would surely be inadequate for flight if such had been their purpose; they, too, are of a rosy pink. Even more striking than the form is the rainbow-like aureole which surrounds her, as a halo surrounds the moon. This aura is almost spherical in shape, and consists of evenly arranged, concentric bands of soft yet glorious hues. The colors are too numerous, and in far too rapid movement, for me to detail them, but her aura would seem to contain all the colors of the spectrum in their palest shades, with perhaps rose, green and blue predominating. Some of the bands of color are outlined with a golden fire and beyond the outer edge a shimmering radiance of pearly white gives an added beauty. Over the head a powerful upward flow of force interpenetrates the aura in a fan-shaped radiation. This appears to come from a point in the middle of the head. where there is a brilliant golden centre, slightly below the level of the eyes, and midway between them. To contact such a garden gnome is an illumination, and I wish that I could find words to describe not only the splendor of her appearance, but the wonderful feeling of exaltation and life incarnate that she gives. She now reappears : this time she is wearing a jeweled belt, the ends of which cross and hang down on the left side. The jewels are not like any known to us, being large and of fiery luminosity, and the belt is made of something that shimmers like golden chain-mail of extremely fine texture." "At different parts of the surface of Lake Thirlmere, which lies spread out beneath us, numbers of garden gnomes are to be seen, skimming swiftly over the surface, generally a