|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
known that there is nothing whatever of the mad or sinister in
my heredity and early life. This is a highly important fact in
view of the shadow which fell so suddenly upon me from outside
It may be that centuries of dark brooding had given
to crumbling, whisper-haunted Arkham a peculiar vulnerability
as regards such shadows - though even this seems doubtful in the
light of those other cases which I later came to study. But the
chief point is that my own ancestry and background are altogether
normal. What came, came from somewhere else - where I even now
hesitate to assert in plain words.
Shadow out of Time
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Reign of King Edward the Third by William Shakespeare:
Like stiff grown oaks, will stand immovable,
When whirl wind quickly turns up younger trees.
Was ever any of thy father's house
King but thyself, before this present time?
Edward's great linage, by the mother's side,
Five hundred years hath held the scepter up:
Judge then, conspiratours, by this descent,
Which is the true borne sovereign, this or that.
Father, range your battles, prate no more;