|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
after many years."
There was a faint hint of proud sadness in Eudora's voice as she
spoke the last two words.
"It has been many years," said Lawton, gravely, "and I wonder if
it has seemed so to you."
Eudora held her head proudly. "Time passes swiftly," said she,
"But sometimes it may seem long in the passing, however swift,"
said Lawton, "though I suppose it has not to you. You look just
the same," he added, regarding her admiringly.
Eudora flushed a little. "I must be changed," she murmured.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
longer perform openly. To hear him discussing ways and means was
rather ghastly, for at the college we had never procured anatomical
specimens ourselves. Whenever the morgue proved inadequate, two
local negroes attended to this matter, and they were seldom questioned.
West was then a small, slender, spectacled youth with delicate
features, yellow hair, pale blue eyes, and a soft voice, and it
was uncanny to hear him dwelling on the relative merits of Christchurch
Cemetery and the potter’s field. We finally decided on the potter’s
field, because practically every body in Christchurch was embalmed;
a thing of course ruinous to West’s researches.
I was by this
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