|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
their noisome prey to appropriate destinations in the dark, from
which not much would emerge alive.
The ghoul that was Pickman
now went below and gave the night-gaunts their simple instructions,
while the ship drew very near to the ominous and malodorous wharves.
Presently a fresh stir rose along the waterfront, and Carter saw
that the motions of the galley had begun to excite suspicion.
Evidently the steersman was not making for the right dock, and
probably the watchers had noticed the difference between the hideous
ghouls and the almost-human slaves whose places they were taking.
Some silent alarm must have been given, for almost at once a horde
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson:
And on the ships at sea.
Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing,
Three of us abroad in the basket on the lea.
Winds are in the air, they are blowing in the spring,
And waves are on the meadow like the waves there are at sea.
Where shall we adventure, to-day that we're afloat,
Wary of the weather and steering by a star?
Shall it be to Africa, a-steering of the boat,
To Providence, or Babylon or off to Malabar?
A Child's Garden of Verses
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:
sin, I dare not say by His temptation, but I must say with His
consent; and to any but the brutish man his sins are the beginning
of wisdom. God has warned you by this crime; He warns you still by
the bloody grave between our feet; and if there shall follow no
repentance, no improvement, no return to Him, what can we look for
but the following of some memorable judgment?'
Even as I spoke the words, the eyes of my uncle wandered from my
face. A change fell upon his looks that cannot be described; his
features seemed to dwindle in size, the colour faded from his
cheeks, one hand rose waveringly and pointed over my shoulder into
the distance, and the oft-repeated name fell once more from his
|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 The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
remarkable property of this dye, used by Persians for their beards
only, is that it does not render the features hard; it can be shaded
by indigo to harmonize well with the individual character of the skin.
It was this operation that Madame Mollot may have seen,--though people
in Arcis, by way of a jest, still ask themselves what it was that
Madame Mollot saw.
Maxime had a very handsome forehead, blue eyes, a Greek nose, a
pleasant mouth, and a well-cut chin; but the circle of his eyes was
now marked with numberless lines, so fine that they might have been
traced by a razor and not visible at a little distance. His temples
had similar lines. The face was also slightly wrinkled. His eyes, like