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  • Why, Dave, the darn fool, sent me ether, instead of chloroform like I told him, and you know ether fumes are mighty inflammable, especially with that lamp right by the table.

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  • Not even the warning words in that day’s Chicago Tribune drew much attention: "For days past alarm has followed alarm, but the comparatively trifling losses have familiarized us to the pealing of the Courthouse bell, and we [have] forgotten that the absence of rain for three weeks [has] left everything in so dry and inflammable a condition that a spark might set a fire which would sweep from end to end of the city."
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • "You spoke to me of inflammable material," said he, "but you said nothing about firing it."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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