|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Juana by Honore de Balzac:
necessity,--and he did not possess one penny.
The maid brought a light to show him up.
"Felicie," he said, "don't you hear a noise in the street, shouts,
cries? Go and see what it means, and come and tell me."
His wife, in her white dressing-gown, was sitting at a table, reading
aloud to Francisque and Juan from a Spanish Cervantes, while the boys
followed her pronunciation of the words from the text. They all three
stopped and looked at Diard, who stood in the doorway with his hands
in his pockets; overcome, perhaps, by finding himself in this calm
scene, so softly lighted, so beautiful with the faces of his wife and
children. It was a living picture of the Virgin between her son and
|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