|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
costume attracted me, hung on the wall over his desk.
"That? That's Mr. Dan Cody, old sport."
The name sounded faintly familiar.
"He's dead now. He used to be my best friend years ago."
There was a small picture of Gatsby, also in yachting costume, on the
bureau--Gatsby with his head thrown back defiantly--taken apparently
when he was about eighteen.
"I adore it," exclaimed Daisy. "The pompadour! You never told me you had
a pompadour--or a yacht."
"Look at this," said Gatsby quickly. "Here's a lot of clippings--about
The Great Gatsby
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The People That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
animals, and the atmosphere reeked with the stench of human
bodies and putrefying flesh. Here they fed me, releasing my
arms, and I ate of half-cooked aurochs steak and a stew which
may have been made of snakes, for many of the long, round
pieces of meat suggested them most nauseatingly.
The meal completed, they led me well within the cavern, which
they lighted with torches stuck in various crevices in the
light of which I saw, to my astonishment, that the walls were
covered with paintings and etchings. There were aurochs, red
deer, saber-tooth tiger, cave-bear, hyaenadon and many other
examples of the fauna of Caspak done in colors, usually of four
The People That Time Forgot
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft:
the lovely olonial houses on the ancient hill, and under the very
shadow of the finest Georgian steeple in America, I found him
at work in his rooms, and at once conceded from the specimens
scattered about that his genius is indeed profound and authentic.
He will, I believe, some time be heard from as one of the great
decadents; for he has crystallised in clay and will one day mirror
in marble those nightmares and phantasies which Arthur Machen
evokes in prose, and Clark Ashton Smith makes visible in verse
and in painting.
Dark, frail, and somewhat unkempt in aspect,
he turned languidly at my knock and asked me my business without
Call of Cthulhu
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
merely twisted it; it is nearly well already. See!"
She placed her weight on the injured foot, but could not
suppress a faint grimace of pain.
Calling to Harry to watch the crevice, I took Desiree in my
arms and carried her back to her seat.
"Now sit still," I commanded. "Soon we'll have dinner; in the
mean time allow me to say that you are the bravest woman in the
world, and the best sport. And some day we'll drink to that--from
But facts have no respect for sentiment and fine speeches.
The last words were taken from my very mouth by a ringing cry from