|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:
unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my
associates, connected only with a small university, have little
chance of making an impression where matters of a wildly bizarre
or highly controversial nature are concerned.
It is further
against us that we are not, in the strictest sense, specialists
in the fields which came primarily to be concerned. As a geologist,
my object in leading the Miskatonic University Expedition was
wholly that of securing deep-level specimens of rock and soil
from various parts of the antarctic continent, aided by the remarkable
drill devised by Professor Frank H. Pabodie of our engineering
At the Mountains of Madness
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Witch, et. al by Anton Chekhov:
"Well, let them!"
Varvara laughed into her kerchief and whispered:
"I have just been with the priest's son."
"It's a sin!" whispered Sofya.
"Well, let it be. . . . What do I care? If it's a sin, then it is
a sin, but better be struck dead by thunder than live like this.
I'm young and strong, and I've a filthy crooked hunchback for a
husband, worse than Dyudya himself, curse him! When I was a girl,
I hadn't bread to eat, or a shoe to my foot, and to get away from