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And what, in the private misery of his heart, I think he most intensely lusted to do was to inflict upon Sophie, or someone like her—some tender and perishable Christian—a totally unpardonable sin.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated
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perishable perishability
Strongly Associated with:   parish, perish
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  • And what, in the private misery of his heart, I think he most intensely lusted to do was to inflict upon Sophie, or someone like her—some tender and perishable Christian—a totally unpardonable sin.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There are six ponies in a stable across the fields; stores and tackle are all packed, except for a few extra clothes, and the perishable food.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Wherefore, for all these things, we account the whale immortal in his species, however perishable in his individuality.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Axelroot did pretty well for himself as a pilot in the Congo, transporting perishable goods from the bush into the cities for retail sale, and he was also active in the diamond trade.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Perhaps the space under it had originally been a store for perishable foodstuffs, but at least once before it had also been used as a hiding place.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • She crowds against me a little so they can pass, Jewel holding the plane high as though it were perishable, the blue string trailing back over his shoulder.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Now in the cold parts of the country, don’t you think people get to wanting perishable things in the winter—like peas and lettuce and cauliflower?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Said Candide to Cacambo: "My friend, you see how perishable are the riches of this world; there is nothing solid but virtue, and the happiness of seeing Cunegonde once more."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • A smart shower at eleven had evidently quenched the enthusiasm of the young ladies who were to arrive at twelve, for nobody came, and at two the exhausted family sat down in a blaze of sunshine to consume the perishable portions of the feast, that nothing might be lost.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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  • I gazed long at the weather-worn block; and, stooping down, perceived a hole near the bottom still full of snail-shells and pebbles, which we were fond of storing there with more perishable things; and, as fresh as reality, it appeared that I beheld my early playmate seated on the withered turf: his dark, square head bent forward, and his little hand scooping out the earth with a piece of slate.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • For him time stood still and then every few years accelerated in a rush, like the quick re-wind of a film, but for Nicole the years slipped away by clock and calendar and birthday, with the added poignance of her perishable beauty.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Fritz proposed that we should hollow out a cave in the rock, and though the difficulties such an undertaking would present appeared almost insurmountable, I yet determined to make the attempt; we might not, I thought, hew out a cavern of sufficient size to serve as a room, but we might at least make a cellar for the more valuable and perishable of our stores.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • My grandmother with her charm, gaudy and perishable as dime-store jewelry—whoever had a more exasperating child to contend with?
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • But as a perishable perfect man must die, and leave his despotism in the hands of an imperfect successor, an earthly despotism is not merely a bad form of government, it is the worst form that is possible.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • "A woman’s good name is such a perishable article that—"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • How is it possible that whatever has been born, has come into being, and is organized and perishable, should not perish?
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Huge pomegranate trees, with their glossy leaves and flame-colored flowers, dark-leaved Arabian jessamines, with their silvery stars, geraniums, luxuriant roses bending beneath their heavy abundance of flowers, golden jessamines, lemon-scented verbenum, all united their bloom and fragrance, while here and there a mystic old aloe, with its strange, massive leaves, sat looking like some old enchanter, sitting in weird grandeur among the more perishable bloom and fragrance around it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • So beauty is perishable.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • It seemed to him, in a phrase engraved on memory, that all the loveliest things were transient and perishable, that the two worlds were finally beyond reconciliation, and that one of them hung, as always, by a thread.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • When standing before certain men the philosopher regrets that thinkers are but perishable tissue, the artist that perishable tissue has to think.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • A little gurgling sound ascended to the young man’s window, and made him feel as if the fountain were an immortal spirit that sung its song unceasingly and without heeding the vicissitudes around it, while one century imbodied it in marble and another scattered the perishable garniture on the soil.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • She believed in him as an excellent man whose piety carried a peculiar eminence in belonging to a layman, whose influence had turned her own mind toward seriousness, and whose share of perishable good had been the means of raising her own position.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But you cannot preserve the memory of applause; it is too volatile, too perishable.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I found his CARE package and stuffed myself with the meat, which was the most perishable item.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • There’s nothing perishable in there.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Tradition—that perishable, yet ever renewed monument of the pristine world—throws no light upon the subject.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I see something perishable.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • But papyrus is perishable.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He’d taken the furnished apartment, dutifully stocked up on food, mostly the non-perishable kind, and shut himself in.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Jaime suggested to his sister that she either donate, trade, or sell any perishable items, but Blanca refused to share her treasures.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • You are a millionaire in immortality, and a millionaire whose fortune cannot be lost, whose fortune is less perishable than the stars and as lasting as space or time.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He invested heavily in a company that bought perishable foods and shipped them in the latest refrigerated cars to far-off cities.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • There Charley could with his delicate exploring nose read his own particular literature on bushes and tree trunks and leave his message there, perhaps as important in endless time as these pen scratches I put down on perishable paper.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The band went into "Japanese Sandman," and as Gabriella went swinging in the arms of Joe Monteoliveto the whole round of the room, a gentle breath of wonder started after her, too soft to be accusation, too perishable to be hope.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • As no air-pump can by any means make a perfect vacuum,[16] so neither can any artist entirely exclude the conventional, the local, the perishable from his book, or write a book of pure thought, that shall be as efficient, in all respects, to a remote posterity, as to contemporaries, or rather to the second age.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I was very anxious, but I respected the intense, almost passionate, absorption with which he looked at a butterfly, as though on the bronze sheen of these frail wings, in the white tracings, in the gorgeous markings, he could see other things, an image of something as perishable and defying destruction as these delicate and lifeless tissues displaying a splendour unmarred by death.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • …to side, and somebody came after her with her petticoat, and she lost her way, and was hemmed in by trunks specially prepared for taking to India; next got among the accouchement sets, and baby linen; through all the commodities of the world, perishable and permanent, hams, drugs, flowers, stationery, variously smelling, now sweet, now sour she lurched; saw herself thus lurching with her hat askew, very red in the face, full length in a looking-glass; and at last came out into the…
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • And he thought with pity of all the grocers and brewers and clothiers who had come and gone, with their perishable work a forgotten excrement, or a rotted fabric; or of plumbers, like Max’s father, whose work rusted under ground, or of painters, like Harry’s, whose work scaled with the seasons, or was obliterated with newer brighter paint; and the high horror of death and oblivion, the decomposition of life, memory, desire, in the huge burial-ground of the earth stormed through his…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • ) Unfortunately, these are all perishable skills—I can still pick a lock, but it’ll take me longer now.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • When standing before certain men the philosopher regrets that thinkers are but perishable tissue, the artist that perishable tissue has to think.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Annie Kate carefully picked four birdlike shells from the dried-outinsides of the sand dollar, small and perishable as the wing bones of a hummingbird, each identical to the other, and each a perfectly wrought image of a grieving, secluded Paraclete.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It’s one of my later forms, a great advance over that earlier, perishable form.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But the Pullman strike halted all train traffic through Chicago, and the perishable foods rotted in their train-cars.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Its function was to produce ice, store the perishable goods of exhibitors and restaurants, and operate an ice rink for visitors wishing to experience the novelty of skating in July.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He looked back then on his long life, as I have already told you, and it seemed to him that all the loveliest things were transient and perishable, and that war, lust, and brutality might someday crush them until there were no more left in the world.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • …there, and though Mr. Cornelius "propitiated many offertories" to Mr. Rajah Allang and the "principal populations," on conditions which made the trade "a snare and ashes in the mouth," yet his ship had been fired upon from the woods by "irresponsive parties" all the way down the river; which causing his crew "from exposure to limb to remain silent in hidings," the brigantine was nearly stranded on a sandbank at the bar, where she "would have been perishable beyond the act of man."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
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