|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:
Adam pressed her hand when no one was looking.
"Poor, dear Thaddeus," he said, "he is trying to make himself
disagreeable where most men would try to seem more amiable than I."
"Oh!" she said, "I am not sure but what there is some CALCULATION in
his behavior; he would have taken in an ordinary woman."
Half an hour later, when the chasseur, Boleslas, called out "Gate!"
and the carriage was waiting for it to swing back, Clementine said to
her husband, "Where does the captain perch?"
"Why, there!" replied Adam, pointing to a floor above the porte-
cochere which had one window looking on the street. "His apartments
are over the coachhouse."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft:
white bulk beyond the remotest trees but I suppose he had been
hearing too much native superstition.
Actually, the horrified
pause of the men was of comparatively brief duration. Duty came
first; and although there must have been nearly a hundred mongrel
celebrants in the throng, the police relied on their firearms
and plunged determinedly into the nauseous rout. For five minutes
the resultant din and chaos were beyond description. Wild blows
were struck, shots were fired, and escapes were made; but in the
end Legrasse was able to count some forty-seven sullen prisoners,
whom he forced to dress in haste and fall into line between two
Call of Cthulhu