|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
'Up thar in the rud beyont the glen,
Mis' Corey - they's suthin' ben thar! It smells like thunder,
an' all the bushes an' little trees is pushed back from the rud
like they'd a haouse ben moved along of it. An' that ain't the
wust, nuther. They's prints in the rud, Mis' Corey - great raound
prints as big as barrel-heads, all sunk dawon deep like a elephant
had ben along, only they's a sight more nor four feet could make!
I looked at one or two afore I run, an' I see every one was covered
with lines spreadin' aout from one place, like as if big palm-leaf
fans - twict or three times as big as any they is - hed of ben
paounded dawon into the rud. An' the smell was awful, like what
The Dunwich Horror
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Illustrious Gaudissart by Honore de Balzac:
chains of reasoning to people who turn pale at the first word. On my
word of honor, it is pitiable! But that's the way of the world, and I
don't pretend to reform it. Your objection, Monsieur, is really sheer
"Why?" asked the lunatic.
"Why?--this is why: because, if you live and possess the qualities
which are estimated in your policy against the chances of death,--now,
attend to this--"
"I am attending."
"Well, then, you have succeeded in life; and you have succeeded
because of the said insurance. You doubled your chances of success by