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Bricks transmute into powder.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  to change completely in appearance or elemental nature
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  • Bricks transmute into powder.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It is true that as the war ground on and devastated a widening swath of the South, the initial patriotism and ideological commitment of many Confederate soldiers became transmuted into hatred and a passion for revenge.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • And then his voice, transmuted back into what I had always conceived as Educated High Brooklyn, became a snarl of such ferocity that even the myriad intervening and humming electronic synapses could not filter out the force of its crazed but human rage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Clearly the thrill of the fight was being transmuted into a different kind of excitement.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • He was glad that he had not tried to transmute anything larger.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • As if in an economics class I had been ushered over into a column of transmutable commodities: the Murdered.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He believed that metal could be transmuted into gold by mixing it with extract of urine.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • In the spiritual world, the old physician and the minister—mutual victims as they have been—may, unawares, have found their earthly stock of hatred and antipathy transmuted into golden love.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is more than progress; it is transmutation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • One day, as she inspected this drawer, I observed that the playthings and trinkets which recently formed its contents were transmuted into bits of folded paper.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • It’s called transmutation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was still smiling, it was a smile of amusement, but it was as if amusement could be transmuted into some shining glory.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Why was it given to one man to have his pain transmuted into gladness?
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The modern masters promise very little; they know that metals cannot be transmuted and that the elixir of life is a chimera but these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And when she was with Janie she had a feeling of transmutation, as if she herself had become whiter and with straighter hair and she hated Tea Cake first for his defilement of divinity and next for his telling mockery of her.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Unbelieving Philosophers who were remodelling the world with words, and making card-towers of Babel to scale the skies with, talked with Unbelieving Chemists who had an eye on the transmutation of metals, at this wonderful gathering accumulated by Monseigneur.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "That the genetic quirk which allowed the transmutation had been lost…… " He broke off and stared at me accusingly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Somewhere between speech and hearing is a transmutation of sound.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • But most of these translations are in verse, and the intellectual temper of our time is impatient of a transmutation in which substance is sacrificed for form’s sake, and the new form is itself different from the original.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Am not I Christopher Sly, old Sly’s son of Burton-heath; by birth a pedlar, by education a card-maker, by transmutation a bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Eragon buries Brom in a tomb of sandstone, which Saphira transmutes into pure diamond.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Yet the spirit can for the time pervade and control every member and function of the body, and transmute what in form is the grossest sensuality into purity and devotion.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It subdivided itself again and again—but from the very first stage, transmutation was occurring.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • A fierce exhilaration overtook her, transmuting her pain into an almost pleasurable sensation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Consider the Marine Corps Memorial as the ultimate transmutation of The Photograph.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He swam in a sea of money, and when money was transmuted back into paper he was left gasping and confused, and he died.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He saw, not the silver in the alien hand of a merchant in the town; he saw the silver transmuted into something worth even more than itself— clothes upon the body of his son.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • That spirit of social initiative disappearedin a short time, pulled away by the fever of the magnets, the astronomical calculations, the dreams of transmutation, and the urge to discover the wonders of the world.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • There is a shepherd—youth, a friend of mine, who transmutes them into something highly fascinating to my simplicity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Once people had tasted of Mrs. Struthers’s easy Sunday hospitality they were not likely to sit at home remembering that her champagne was transmuted Shoe-Polish.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The obvious suggestions have been made—displace, transmute, dissemble.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Suppose that, every morning, when we tore the wrapper off our paper with fevered hands, a transmutation were to take place, and we were to find inside it—oh!
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Being even now only a young woman of twenty, one who mentally and sentimentally had not finished growing, it was impossible that any event should have left upon her an impression that was not in time capable of transmutation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • To him she would unveil her soul’s shy nakedness, to one who was but schooled in the discharging of a formal rite rather than to him, a priest of the eternal imagination, transmuting the daily bread of experience into the radiant body of everliving life.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • By then, I think, he was transmuting anger into something that felt better, a dream of ending the disparities, at least the medical ones, that separated Boston and Cange.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But the mythos goes on, and that which destroys the old mythos becomes the new mythos, and the new mythos under the first Ionian philosophers became transmuted into philosophy, which enshrined permanence in a new way.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • One perceived him to be a personage of marked influence and authority; and, especially, you could feel just as certain that he was opulent as if he had exhibited his bank account, or as if you had seen him touching the twigs of the Pyncheon Elm, and, Midas-like, transmuting them to gold.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He learnt for the first time that there was no law of transmutation, as in his innocence he had supposed (there was, in some degree, but the grammarian did not recognize it), but that every word in both Latin and Greek was to be individually committed to memory at the cost of years of plodding.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Women—of whom he had expected so much; whose beauty he had hoped to transmute into modes of art; whose unfathomable instincts, marvellously incoherent and inarticulate, he had thought to perpetuate in terms of experience—had become merely consecrations to their own posterity.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But apparently she had only reserved herself for this occasion, since she now had a dangerous quickness in her eye and an air of irritation which even her admirable ease was not able to transmute.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …expected of Englishmen; that was the time when at the mast-heads of the three-deckers and seventy-fours moored in her own roadstead—a fleet, the right arm of a Power then all but the sole free conservative one of the Old World—the blue-jackets, to be numbered by thousands, ran up with huzzas the British colors with the union and cross wiped out; by that cancellation transmuting the flag of founded law and freedom defined, into the enemy’s red meteor of unbridled and unbounded revolt.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • A transmutation had been effected.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …her in matters of taste or difficulty, admired her poetry, and by a thousand acts of kindness and politeness, showed her appreciation of Briggs; and if she made Firkin a twopenny-halfpenny present, accompanied it with so many compliments, that the twopence-half-penny was transmuted into gold in the heart of the grateful waiting-maid, who, besides, was looking forwards quite contentedly to some prodigious benefit which must happen to her on the day when Mrs. Bute came into her fortune.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …arrogating to herself, because it fills her veins also, nourishment from the old blood that crossed uncharted seas and continents and battled wilderness hardships and lurking circumstances and fatalities, with tranquil disregard of whatever onerous carks to leisure and even peace which the preservation of it incurs upon what might be called the contemporary transmutable fountainhead who contrives to keep the crass foodbearing corpuscles sufficiently numerous and healthy in the stream.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Ms. Kraken can instruct her in transmutation in my absence.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Walter Benson read it again and again, and gradually the world around him was transmuted.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Or, I might say, it depends on how far the process had gone, of transmuting life into truth.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Now only a few of the older order remained, and they no longer even pretended to transmute metals ….
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • But, as if in recognition of the colder fuel that drove her, "fiery" transmuted to "ruthless."
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
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