|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:
grandfather in this respect was thought very notable until the
horror of 1928 suggested the most valid of reasons.
January gossips were mildly interested in the fact that 'Lavinny's
black brat' had commenced to talk, and at the age of only eleven
months. His speech was somewhat remarkable both because of its
difference from the ordinary accents of the region, and because
it displayed a freedom from infantile lisping of which many children
of three or four might well be proud. The boy was not talkative,
yet when he spoke he seemed to reflect some elusive element wholly
unpossessed by Dunwich and its denizens. The strangeness did not
The Dunwich Horror
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
minutes later came Andre-Louis with dragging feet. He avoided the
little cottage of the ferryman, whose window was alight, and in the
dark crept down to the boat, intending if possible to put himself
across. He felt for the chain by which the boat was moored, and
ran his fingers along this to the point where it was fastened.
Here to his dismay he found a padlock.
He stood up in the gloom and laughed silently. Of course he might
have known it. The ferry was the property of M. de La Tour d'Azyr,
and not likely to be left unfastened so that poor devils might cheat
him of seigneurial dues.
There being no possible alternative, he walked back to the cottage,