|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
Rising Spray.' And now, here I was, afoot upon Westminster
Bridge bound for the warehouse of the firm we proposed to honour
with our patronage.
I passed on into the roar of the crowded streets, and a quarter
of an hour later I reached the place I sought.
Almost immediately the office-boy took me for a commercial
traveller and refused point-blank to announce my arrival. I told
him that I had an appointment.
"Yes," he said pleasantly. "They all 'as."
"Friend," said I, "I see that you are bent on gaining the
feathered fowl. In other words, if I'm kept waiting much longer
The Brother of Daphne
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
He appeared to have knowledge too secret for public telling; and
although the sound of his voice was unbearably hateful, Carter
felt that the lore of so far a traveller must not be overlooked.
He bade him therefore be his guest in locked chambers above, and
drew out the last of the Zoogs' moon-wine to loosen his tongue.
The strange merchant drank heavily, but smirked unchanged by the
draught. Then he drew forth a curious bottle with wine of his
own, and Carter saw that the bottle was a single hollowed ruby,
grotesquely carved in patterns too fabulous to be comprehended.
He offered his wine to his host, and though Carter took only the
least sip, he felt the dizziness of space and the fever of unimagined
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath