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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
  • He sprinkled the pages with cider to make them more inflammable, touched a match to them, and a little jet of flame curled upward.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Farid took two torches and the bottle of inflammable liquid from Dustfinger’s backpack.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart

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  • But that evening, when my fountain pen still hadn’t turned up, we all assumed it had been burned, especially because celluloid is highly inflammable.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I was about to throw it away, but I remembered that it was inflammable and burned with a good bright flame—was, in fact, an excellent candle—and I put it in my pocket.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "And if you were not my son, O most inflammable Rabadash," replied his father, "your life would be short and your death slow when you had said it."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Seeing fire breaking out in a nearby ruin (except at the very centre where the bomb itself ignited some fires, most of Hiroshima’s city-wide conflagration was caused by inflammable wreckage falling on cook-stoves and live wires.) Mrs Nakamura suggested going over to fight it.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The wicks were my next difficulty, and as my wife positively refused to allow us to devote our ties and handkerchiefs for the purpose, I took a piece of inflammable wood from a tree, a native of the Antilles, which I thought would serve our purpose; this I cut into long slips, and fixed in the centres of the moulds.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • As he glanced from Jo to several other young people, attracted by the brilliancy of the philosophic pyrotechnics, he knit his brows and longed to speak, fearing that some inflammable young soul would be led astray by the rockets, to find when the display was over that they had only an empty stick or a scorched hand.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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  • He started to clear the area of leaves, twigs, and grass; everything inflammable he swept aside; so that the evil spirits of the bush fire should have nothing to feed on.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Shortly afterwards, a man in a blue cotton frock, much soiled, came in and bought a pipe, filling the whole shop, meanwhile, with the hot odor of strong drink, not only exhaled in the torrid atmosphere of his breath, but oozing out of his entire system, like an inflammable gas.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • However, the curse of inflammability is upon me, and I must live under it, and take any snub from a woman.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • For this purpose, the inflammable gas which exudes plentifully from the soil is collected by means of pipes, and thence communicated to a quadruple row of lamps along the whole extent of the passage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • Gauldin, though serene in appearance, had an inflammable temper, which the application of too much pressure could quickly ignite.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Ralph Touchett had praised his cousin for being morally inflammable, that is for being quick to take a hint that was meant as good advice.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • 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.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Out of the court, and a long way out of it, there is considerable excitement too, for men of science and philosophy come to look, and carriages set down doctors at the corner who arrive with the same intent, and there is more learned talk about inflammable gases and phosphuretted hydrogen than the court has ever imagined.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Because he had observed with augmenting frequency in the preceding members of the same series the same concupiscence, inflammably transmitted, first with alarm, then with understanding, then with desire, finally with fatigue, with alternating symptoms of epicene comprehension and apprehension.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If to Dorothea Mr. Casaubon had been the mere occasion which had set alight the fine inflammable material of her youthful illusions, does it follow that he was fairly represented in the minds of those less impassioned personages who have hitherto delivered their judgments concerning him?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Madame Merle, that afternoon, had applied the match to an accumulation of inflammable material.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Leo could make a lot of things, but an inflammable, self-cleaning outfit wasn’t one of them.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Ralph Touchett had praised his cousin for being morally inflammable, that is for being quick to take a hint that was meant as good advice.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He may venture without fear of explosion into the midst of the most inflammable gases, and the lantern will burn beneath the deepest waters.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Into one edge of this little area the trapper brought the females, directing Middleton and Paul to cover their light and inflammable dresses with the blankets of the party.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The genius of republics (say they) is pacific; the spirit of commerce has a tendency to soften the manners of men, and to extinguish those inflammable humors which have so often kindled into wars.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • At his word again, the machines were looked to, and spears, javelins, and arrows, in great sheaves, brought and laid upon the floor, together with jars of inflammable oil, and baskets of cotton balls wound loose like the wicking of candles.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I especially remember that a great deal of excellent inflammability was exhibited in a thin volume of poems by Ellery Channing; although, to speak the truth, there were certain portions that hissed and spluttered in a very disagreeable fashion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • This ingenious application of electricity to practical purposes enabled us to move along by the light of an artificial day, amid even the flow of the most inflammable and combustible gases.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • "But, my dear sir," said Nesvitski as he drew up, taking off his cap and smoothing his hair wet with perspiration with his plump hand, "wasn’t I telling you to fire the bridge, when inflammable material had been put in position?"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Not two people with inflammable natures like theirs.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • "Yes, please do," answered the general, and he repeated the order that had already once been given in detail: "and tell the hussars that they are to cross last and to fire the bridge as I ordered; and the inflammable material on the bridge must be reinspected."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The spark dropped upon the inflammable passion; the man’s eyes gleamed; his hands shook; he answered, quickly, "Revenge is a Jew’s of right; it is the law."
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • And to fill the cup of her sorrow there would be Thomasin, living day after day in inflammable proximity to him; for she had just learnt that, contrary to her first belief, he was going to stay at home some considerable time.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Madame Merle, that afternoon, had applied the match to an accumulation of inflammable material.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …obviously by gifts of a high order, as compared with the other military supernumerary that is (who was just the usual everyday farewell, my gallant captain kind of an individual in the light dragoons, the 18th hussars to be accurate) and inflammable doubtless (the fallen leader, that is, not the other) in his own peculiar way which she of course, woman, quickly perceived as highly likely to carve his way to fame which he almost bid fair to do till the priests and ministers of the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …stable equilibrium he rose uninjured though concussed by the impact, raised the latch of the area door by the exertion of force at its freely moving flange and by leverage of the first kind applied at its fulcrum, gained retarded access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction, set free inflammable coal gas by turningon the ventcock, lit a high flame which, by regulating, he reduced to quiescent candescence and lit finally a portable candle.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Yes, that’s the best place for such inflammable nonsense.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
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