|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:
striking the bottom of an open shaft through which daylight poured
or trickled down - we were repeatedly tantalized by the sculptured
walls along our route. Many must have told tales of immense historical
importance, and only the prospect of later visits reconciled us
to the need of passing them by. As it was, we slowed down once
in a while and turned on our second torch. If we had had more
films, we would certainly have paused briefly to photograph certain
bas-reliefs, but time-consuming hand-copying was clearly out of
I come now once more to a place where the temptation
to hesitate, or to hint rather than state, is very strong. It
At the Mountains of Madness
|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 Whirligigs by O. Henry:
will you come on. You can't use that, you know."
"No," I agreed; "I can't use that. Would you call
that typical of New York?"
"Of course not," said Rivington, with a sigh of relief.
"I'm glad you see the difference. But if you want to
hear the real old tough Bowery slang I'll take you down
where you'll get your fill of it."
"I would like it," I said; "that is, if it's the real thing.
I've often read it in books, but I never heard it. Do
you think it will be dangerous to go unprotected among
those characters ?