|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
for him in the Palais Royal--'Stay there, my queen, to charm the
scullion lads.' At the same time, Charles Edward's humor is less
biting. I am not sure that this kind of wit was known among the Greeks
and Romans. Plato, possibly, upon a closer inspection approaches it,
but from the austere and musical side--"
"No more of that jargon," the Marquise broke in, "in print it may be
endurable; but to have it grating upon my ears is a punishment which I
do not in the least deserve."
"He first met Claudine on this wise," continued Nathan. "It was one of
the unfilled days, when Youth is a burden to itself; days when youth,
reduced by the overweening presumption of Age to a condition of
|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:
seen, for I have learned much now.
III. The Madness from the
If heaven ever wishes to grant me a boon, it will be a total
effacing of the results of a mere chance which fixed my eye on
a certain stray piece of shelf-paper. It was nothing on which
I would naturally have stumbled in the course of my daily round,
for it was an old number of an Australian journal, the Sydney
Bulletin for April 18, 1925. It had escaped even the cutting bureau
which had at the time of its issuance been avidly collecting material
for my uncle's research.
Call of Cthulhu