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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • He could distinguish amid the perfumes of the roses and heliotropes in the flower-stands, the sharp and fragrant odor of volatile salts, and he noticed in one of the chased cups on the mantle-piece the countess’s smelling-bottle, taken from its shagreen case, and exclaimed in a tone of uneasiness, as he entered,—"My dear mother, have you been ill during my absence?"

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as in: a volatile situation Define
quick to change; or emotionally explosive
as in: a volatile liquid Define
evaporating rapidly at normal temperatures and pressures or: prone to physically explode
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