|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Euthydemus by Plato:
Yes, he said--all gentlemen and truth-speaking persons.
And are not good things good, and evil things evil?
And you say that gentlemen speak of things as they are?
Then the good speak evil of evil things, if they speak of them as they are?
Yes, indeed, he said; and they speak evil of evil men. And if I may give
you a piece of advice, you had better take care that they do not speak evil
of you, since I can tell you that the good speak evil of the evil.
And do they speak great things of the great, rejoined Euthydemus, and warm
things of the warm?
|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 At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:
that unpleasantly erudite folklorist Wilmarth at the university.
This mood undoubtedly served to aggravate my reaction to the
bizarre mirage which burst upon us from the increasingly opalescent
zenith as we drew near the mountains and began to make out the
cumulative undulations of the foothills. I had seen dozens of
polar mirages during the preceding weeks, some of them quite as
uncanny and fantastically vivid as the present example; but this
one had a wholly novel and obscure quality of menacing symbolism,
and I shuddered as the seething labyrinth of fabulous walls and
towers and minarets loomed out of the troubled ice vapors above
At the Mountains of Madness