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  • First-degree burns do not penetrate the epidermis.
  • She will scrub your epidermis into submission.
  • All the major skin cancers start in the epidermis.
  • ...parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • With the same suddenness that a barbarous boy yanks the larva of an ant lion from its hole to leave it struggling in the sun, Jean Louise was snatched from her quiet realm and left alone to protect her sensitive epidermis as best she could, on a humid Sunday afternoon at precisely 2:28 P.M. The circumstances leading to the event were these: After dinner, at which time Jean Louise regaled her household with Dr. Finch’s observations on stylish hymn-singing, Atticus sat in his corner of…
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Whenever he was on one of these pill jags he became like a stud bull, feverishly and unapologetically sexual, treating her with an enveloping hot epidermal directness which usually had the power to cause her own blood to stampede and make her immediately ready to receive him.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some women wear slightly saucier evening gowns, with bare shoulders here and there, but long kid-leather gloves ensure they don’t have more than a few inches of epidermis exposed.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches, measles, and the stings of wasps, or any other slight affection of the epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nor is my invisibility exactly a matter of a bio-chemical accident to my epidermis.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Despite how he could dissect it—the vessels of the globe of my eye, the surgical anatomy of my nasal fossae, the light tincture of my epidermis—he could not avoid them, the lips he had once kissed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • Wrinkles and warts on the epidermis; this is the work of time.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Health, youth, honor, all the shy delicacies of the young body, the heart, virginity, modesty, that epidermis of the soul, are manipulated in sinister wise by that fumbling which seeks resources, which encounters opprobrium, and which accomodates itself to it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Jussac was, as was then said, a fine blade, and had had much practice; nevertheless it required all his skill to defend himself against an adversary who, active and energetic, departed every instant from received rules, attacking him on all sides at once, and yet parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She never understood the charm of serenity in bed, never had a moment of invention, and her orgasms were inopportune and epidermic: an uninspired lay.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Our outside and often thin and fanciful clothes are our epidermis, or false skin, which partakes not of our life, and may be stripped off here and there without fatal injury; our thicker garments, constantly worn, are our cellular integument, or cortex; but our shirts are our liber, or true bark, which cannot be removed without girdling and so destroying the man.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Toughest of all was the casting of the skins, which was like labor when they couldn’t writhe out of the epidermis and even their eyes were clouded with a dirty milk.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Do you see the skin, the epidermis here?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • No, I do not—you are ruining the elasticity of my magnificent epidermis.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He is nothing more than a thin shell of epidermis, an incredibly complex inflatable doll.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The gray flaking on the epidermis didn’t begin to characterize the horrible agony.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Then, a few days later, Jones got her biopsy results from the pathology lab: "Epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix, Stage I."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It’s a good thing—certainly doesn’t hurt— if a man knows something about what’s what under the epidermis and can paint what cannot be seen.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Her tumor was invasive, but not an epidermoid carcinoma as originally diagnosed.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Cervical adenocarcinomas are often more aggressive than epidermoid.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • By 1951, at least twelve studies had found that cervical adenocarcinomas and epidermoid carcinomas responded the same to radiation, which was the treatment of choice for both types.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It felt as though the layer of skin just under the epidermis had turned brittle and was cracking when he moved.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • The breath of speech directly on his ear caused our friend to experience that creeping epidermal phenomenon popularly known as "goose bumps," which the director had explained to him once long ago.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There was something about bark as such, the tissue between the epidermis and the cambium of ligneous plants, Peeperkorn said—it almost always possessed extraordinary dynamic virtues, both for good and evil.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Suddenly, after the nearly interminable silence, with my face still downward in the sand, I felt Sophie’s fingers reach up into my trunks and lightly stroke that spectacularly sensitive epidermal zone down deep where thigh and buttock intersect, a scant centimeter from my balls.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The seizure of pure lust which accompanied this tender manipulation was accompanied in turn by a twinge of shame; there was something sneaky, almost necrophiliac in the act, molesting even the epidermal surface of Sophie in the privacy of her drugged slumber—and so I stopped, withdrew my hand.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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