|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:
but few were less than 500 feet square or a thousand feet high.
Many seemed so limitless that they must have had a frontage of
several thousand feet, while some shot up to mountainous altitudes
in the grey, steamy heavens.
They seemed to be mainly of stone
or concrete, and most of them embodied the oddly curvilinear type
of masonry noticeable in the building that held me. Roofs were
flat and garden-covered, and tended to have scalloped parapets.
Sometimes there were terraces and higher levels, and wide, cleared
spaces amidst the gardens. The great roads held hints of motion,
but in the earlier visions I could not resolve this impression
Shadow out of Time
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
she heard it, winced as if stung to the quick.
"Listen to me; I have had great experience, and I have seen much," he
went on, stopping his daughter's attempt to speak. "That lady is very
cold to your husband. Yes, you have been made the victim of a
practical joke, and I will prove it to you. Yesterday Wenceslas was
dining with her--"
"Dining with her!" cried the young wife, starting to her feet, and
looking at her father with horror in every feature. "Yesterday! After
having had my letter! Oh, great God!--Why did I not take the veil
rather than marry? But now my life is not my own! I have the child!"
and she sobbed.