|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:
gold said to be in honour of the respective small gods that favoured
each. The captain of the ship took Carter to an old sea tavern
where flocked the mariners of quaint countries, and promised that
he would next day shew him the wonders of the twilight city, and
lead him to the taverns of the onyx-miners by the northern wall.
And evening fell, and little bronze lamps were lighted, and the
sailors in that tavern sang songs of remote places. But when from
its high tower the great bell shivered over the city, and the
peal of the horns and viols and voices rose cryptical in answer
thereto, all ceased their songs or tales and bowed silent till
the. last echo died away. For there is a wonder and a strangeness
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 Summer by Edith Wharton:
get my blue brooch," she said, flushing.
"Your brooch?" Dr. Merkle appeared not to remember.
"My, yes--I get so many things of that kind. Well, my
dear, you'll have to wait while I get it out of the
safe. I don't leave valuables like that laying round
like the noospaper."
She disappeared for a moment, and returned with a bit
of twisted-up tissue paper from which she unwrapped the
Charity, as she looked at it, felt a stir of warmth at
her heart. She held out an eager hand.