|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
"Hout, sir, hout," replied Elliot; "it wad be but a wee bit
neighbour war, and Heaven and earth would make allowances for it
in this uncuItivated place--it's just the nature o' the folk and
the land--we canna live quiet like Loudon folk--we haena sae
muckle to do. It's impossible."
"Well, Hobbie," said the Laird, "for one who believes so deeply
as you do in supernatural appearances, I must own you take Heaven
in your own hand rather audaciously, considering where we are
"What needs I care for the Mucklestane-Moor ony mair than ye do
yoursell, Earnscliff?" said Hobbie, something offended; "to be
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
it came to me. The queer dark stone was something which I had
dreamed and read about, and which was linked with the uttermost
horrors of the aeon-old legendry.
It was one of the blocks of
that basaltic elder masonry which the fabled Great Race held in
such fear - the tall, windowless ruins left by those brooding,
half-material, alien things that festered in earth's nether abysses
and against whose wind-like, invisible forces the trap-doors were
sealed and the sleepless sentinels posted.
I remained awake
all night, but by dawn realised how silly I had been to let the
Shadow out of Time