|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln:
than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather
than let it perish. And the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed
generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it.
These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew
that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen,
perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the
insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed
no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.
Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration
which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause
Second Inaugural Address
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft:
some unforeseen obstacle. Then, as September approached, the clouds
began to clear. Certain letters, as used in certain parts of the
manuscript, emerged definitely and unmistakably; and it became
obvious that the text was indeed in English.
On the evening
of September second the last major barrier gave way, and Dr Armitage
read for the first time a continuous passage of Wilbur Whateley's
annals. It was in truth a diary, as all had thought; and it was
couched in a style clearly showing the mixed occult erudition
and general illiteracy of the strange being who wrote it. Almost
the first long passage that Armitage deciphered, an entry dated
The Dunwich Horror