|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The New Machiavelli by H. G. Wells:
crowd, fail through the defects of their qualities, become
commonplace workmen and second-rate professional men, marry
commonplace wives, are as much waste as the driftage of superfluous
pollen in a pine forest is waste."
"Decent honest lives!" said Dayton to his bread-crumbs, with his
chin in his necktie. "WASTE!"
"And the people who do get what we call opportunity get it usually
in extremely limited and cramping forms. No man lives a life of
intellectual productivity alone; he needs not only material and
opportunity, but helpers, resonators. Round and about what I might
call the REAL men, you want the sympathetic cooperators, who help by
|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:
hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded rock
with its towers and eyries and fortresses chiselled from the solid
Frightful were the secrets uncovered in those evil and
windowless crypts; for the remnants of unfinished pastimes were
many, and in various stages of departure from their primal state.
Carter put out of the way certain things which were after a fashion
alive, and fled precipitately from a few other things about which
he could not be very positive. The stench-filled houses were furnished
mostly with grotesque stools and benches carven from moon-trees,
and were painted inside with nameless and frantic designs. Countless
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath