|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
Vale of Pnath and the passes to the outer world.
merchant had now prodded Carter into a great domed space whose
walls were carved in shocking bas-reliefs, and whose centre held
a gaping circular pit surrounded by six malignly stained stone
altars in a ring. There was no light in this vast evil-smelling
crypt, and the small lamp of the sinister merchant shone so feebly
that one could grasp details only little by little. At the farther
end was a high stone dais reached by five steps; and there on
a golden throne sat a lumpish figure robed in yellow silk figured
with red and having a yellow silken mask over its face. To this
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
they shall be dragged to the fire upon their faces!-'Taste ye the
touch of hell.'
Verily, everything have we created by decree, and our bidding is but
one (word), like the twinkling of an eye!
We have destroyed the like of you-but is there any who will mind?
And everything they do is in the books, and everything small and
great is written down.
Verily, the pious shall be amid gardens and rivers, in the seat of
truth, with the powerful king.
THE CHAPTER OF THE MERCIFUL