I speak the tongue of a race the acme of whose mentality is the maxim: time is money.
No need to dwell on the legendary beauty of the cornerpieces, the acme of art, wherein one can distinctly discern each of the four evangelists in turn presenting to each of the four masters his evangelical symbol, a bogoak sceptre, a North American puma (a far nobler king of beasts than the British article, be it said in passing), a Kerry calf and a golden eagle from Carrantuohill.
Wagnerian music, though confessedly grand in its way, was a bit too heavy for Bloom and hard to follow at the first go-off but the music of Mercadante’s Huguenots, Meyerbeer’s Seven Last Words on the Cross and Mozart’s Twelfth Mass he simply revelled in, the Gloria in that being, to his mind, the acme of first class music as such, literally knocking everything else into a cocked hat.
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A new Acme had opened, and the bakery section always had a tray of free samples sitting on the counter.
Jerry Spinelli -- Maniac Magee
Mine has been a tale of horrors; I have reached their acme, and what I must now relate can but be tedious to you.