|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
But in that triumph there came to me the greatest of all horrors
-- not horror of the thing that spoke, but of the deed that I
had witnessed and of the man with whom my professional fortunes
For that very fresh body, at last writhing into
full and terrifying consciousness with eyes dilated at the memory
of its last scene on earth, threw out its frantic hands in a life
and death struggle with the air, and suddenly collapsing into
a second and final dissolution from which there could be no return,
screamed out the cry that will ring eternally in my aching brain:
"Help! Keep off, you cursed little tow-head fiend -- keep that
Herbert West: Reanimator
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
showing the billet.
"True," said the prosecutor, reading the paper. "We expect a
And he went away.
The countess had too much need at this moment to believe in the
sincerity of her former attorney, to distrust his promise. She mounted
the stairs rapidly, though her strength seemed failing her; then she
opened the door, saw her son, and fell into his arms half dead,--
"Oh! my child! my child!" she cried, sobbing, and covering him with
kisses in a sort of frenzy.
"Madame!" said an unknown man.