|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:
that new, unknown odor whose cause only a diseased fancy could
envisage - clung to those bodies and sparkled less voluminously
on a smooth part of the accursedly resculptured wall in a series
of grouped dots - we understood the quality of cosmic fear to
its uttermost depths. It was not fear of those four missing others
- for all too well did we suspect they would do no harm again.
Poor devils! Alter all, they were not evil things of their kind.
They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature
had played a hellish jest on them - as it will on any others that
human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in
that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste - and this was their
At the Mountains of Madness
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dream Life and Real Life by Olive Schreiner:
very green; but she liked it. When good food is thrown at you by other
people, strange to say, it is very bitter; but whatever you find yourself
When she had finished she dug out another piece, and went to look for a
pantry to put it in. At the top of a heap of rocks up which she clambered
she found that some large stones stood apart but met at the top, making a
"Oh, this is my little home!" she said.
At the top and all round it was closed, only in the front it was open.
There was a beautiful shelf in the wall for the kippersol, and she
scrambled down again. She brought a great bunch of prickly pear, and stuck