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  • The remodeling was expensive because the floor tile was friable and contained asbestos.
  • The damp had rendered it friable, and Dantes was able to break it off—in small morsels, it is true, but at the end of half an hour he had scraped off a handful; a mathematician might have calculated that in two years, supposing that the rock was not encountered, a passage twenty feet long and two feet broad, might be formed.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He who writes these lines has himself found, in the friable soil of this knoll, on turning over the sand, the remains of the neck of a bomb, disintegrated, by the oxidization of six and forty years, and old fragments of iron which parted like elder-twigs between the fingers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the case of the more friable bricks and stones even the flat faces were worn into hollows by the same mixed mechanism.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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  • It is there that they make the worst Neufchatel cheeses of all the arrondissement; and, on the other hand, farming is costly because so much manure is needed to enrich this friable soil full of sand and flints.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Now there were open fields among the lakes and forests, fields with the crumbly friable soil potatoes love.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Distracted now by heavy oozing from Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s soggy, friable uterus, Hema turned back from infants to the mother.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You friable shore with trails of debris, You fish-shaped island, I take what is underfoot, What is yours is mine my father.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The fontis were due to different causes: the friability of the soil; some landslip at a depth beyond the reach of man; the violent summer rains; the incessant flooding of winter; long, drizzling showers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The water filtered into certain subjacent strata, which were particularly friable; the foot-way, which was of flag-stones, as in the ancient sewers, or of cement on concrete, as in the new galleries, having no longer an underpinning, gave way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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