Studies in Life and Sense

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Chatto & Windus, 1887 - 354 pages
 

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Page 213 - She, of whose soul, if we may say, 'twas gold, Her body was th' electrum, and did hold Many degrees of that; we understood Her by her sight, her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say, her body thought...
Page 77 - So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.
Page 273 - Skrine perceive the least soil of breath on the bright mirror he held to his mouth. Then each of us, by turns, examined his arm, heart, and breath, but could not, by the nicest scrutiny, discover the least symptom of life in him.
Page 290 - These vibrations are motions backwards and forwards of the small particles ; of the same kind with the oscillations of pendulums and the tremblings of the particles of sounding bodies. They must be conceived to be exceedingly short and small, so as not to have the least efficacy to disturb or move the whole bodies of the nerves or brain.
Page 25 - Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind 'away: O, that that earth which kept the world in awe Should patch a wall to expel the winter's flaw!— But soft!
Page 273 - We heard this with surprise, but as it was not to be accounted for from now common principles, we could hardly believe the fact as he related it, much less give any account of it, unless he should please to make the experiment before us, which we were unwilling he should do, lest in his weak condition he might carry it too far.
Page 273 - He told us he had sent for us to give him some account of an odd sensation he had for some time observed and felt in himself, which was that, composing himself, he could die or expire when he pleased, and yet by an effort or somehow, he could come to life again; which it seems he had sometimes tried before he had sent for us.
Page 258 - French in 1805, to .the great regret of the inhabitants, a painter of that .city undertook to make a copy of it from recollection ; and succeeded in doing so in such a manner, that the most delicate tints of the original are preserved with the most minute accuracy. The original painting has now been restored, but the copy is preserved along with it ; and even when they are rigidly compared, it is scarcely possible to distinguish the one from the other.
Page 349 - Under whatever disguise it takes refuge, whether fungus or oak, worm or man, the living protoplasm not only ultimately dies and is resolved into its mineral and lifeless constituents, but is always dying, and, strange as the paradox may sound, could not live unless it died.
Page 273 - Soil of Breath on the bright Mirror he held to his Mouth ; then each of us by Turns examined his Arm, Heart, and Breath, but could not by the nicest Scrutiny discover the least Symptom of Life in him.

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