The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:|
time of the tunneling, and had indeed noticed the inferior workmanship
of the arabesques in the stretches behind us. But now, in this
deeper section beyond the cavern, there was a sudden difference
wholly transcending explanation - a difference in basic nature
as well as in mere quality, and involving so profound and calamitous
a degradation of skill that nothing in the hitherto observed rate
of decline could have led one to expect it.
This new and degenerate
work was coarse, bold, and wholly lacking in delicacy of detail.
It was countersunk with exaggerated depth in bands following the
same general line as the sparse car-touches of the earlier sections,
At the Mountains of Madness