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The War of the Worlds
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as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
  • It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide,

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  • I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
  • It’s one thing to perceive something with the senses and another to understand its importance.

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  • And then he perceived that, very slowly, the circular top of the cylinder was rotating on its body.
  • I think they perceived that nothing was to be done for the present, and had gone away to breakfast at Henderson’s house.

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  • One man I approached—he was, I perceived, a neighbour of mine, though I did not know his name—and accosted.
  • I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir.
  • I ran, for I perceived that in a moment everyone upon this side of the hill would be moving.
  • Then I perceived this was a wrecked train, the fore part smashed and on fire, the hinder carriages still upon the rails.
  • For I already perceived clearly that the country about London must inevitably be the scene of a disastrous struggle before such creatures as these could be destroyed.
  • He remained standing at the edge of the pit that the Thing had made for itself, staring at its strange appearance, astonished chiefly at its unusual shape and colour, and dimly perceiving even then some evidence of design in its arrival.
  • Moved by a sudden thought, I looked northward, and there I perceived a third of these cloudy black kopjes had risen.
  • But later I perceived that we were no longer hemmed in, that now we might get away.

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  • It was still daylight, and I perceived him across the room, lying against the triangular hole that looked out upon the Martians.
  • Slowly I began to realise the complete overthrow of his intelligence, to perceive that my sole companion in this close and sickly darkness was a man insane.
  • He perceived a hold on me—he threatened he would shout and bring the Martians upon us.
  • Then, nearer, I perceived a strange light, a pale, violet-purple fluorescent glow, quivering under the night breeze.
  • I perceived the folly of the faint hope I had cherished so long.
  • As I drew nearer I perceived he was dressed in clothes as dusty and filthy as my own; he looked, indeed, as though he had been dragged through a culvert.
  • But then I perceived the resemblance of its grey-brown, shiny, leathery integument to that of the other sprawling bodies beyond, and the true nature of this dexterous workman dawned upon me.

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as in: perceive the system as unfair Define
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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