|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
committed. I do not like persons to meddle in my affairs without my
knowledge. Enough! leave me; I wish to reflect upon all this."
Maitre Cornelius found the agility of youth to run downstairs to the
lower rooms where he was certain to find his sister.
"Ah! Jeanne, my dearest soul, a hoard is hidden in this house; I have
put thirteen hundred thousand crowns and all the jewels somewhere. I,
I, I am the robber!"
Jeanne Hoogworst rose from her stool and stood erect as if the seat
she quitted were of red-hot iron. This shock was so violent for an old
maid accustomed for years to reduce herself by voluntary fasts, that
she trembled in every limb, and horrible pains were in her back. She
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft:
it verbatim, was of a fantastically poetic cast which must have
typified his whole conversation, and which I have since found
highly characteristic of him. He said, "It is new, indeed, for
I made it last night in a dream of strange cities; and dreams
are older than brooding Tyre, or the contemplative Sphinx, or
It was then that he began that rambling
tale which suddenly played upon a sleeping memory and won the
fevered interest of my uncle. There had been a slight earthquake
tremor the night before, the most considerable felt in New England
for some years; and Wilcox's imagination had been keenly affected.
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