|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
the great amount of text involved, the writer would scarcely have
wished the trouble of using another speech than his own, save
perhaps in certain special formulae and incantations. Accordingly
he attacked the manuscript with the preliminary assumption that
the bulk of it was in English.
Dr Armitage knew, from the repeated
failures of his colleagues, that the riddle was a deep and complex
one; and that no simple mode of solution could merit even a trial.
All through late August he fortified himself with the mass lore
of cryptography; drawing upon the fullest resources of his own
library, and wading night after night amidst the arcana of Trithemius'
The Dunwich Horror
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Walking by Henry David Thoreau:
have damped their ardor at once, reduced them from venison to
beef, and stiffened their sides and sinews like the locomotive.
Who but the Evil One has cried "Whoa!" to mankind? Indeed, the
life of cattle, like that of many men, is but a sort of
locomotiveness; they move a side at a time, and man, by his
machinery, is meeting the horse and the ox halfway. Whatever part
the whip has touched is thenceforth palsied. Who would ever think
of a SIDE of any of the supple cat tribe, as we speak of a SIDE
I rejoice that horses and steers have to be broken before they
can be made the slaves of men, and that men themselves have some