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Sometimes it looked like a French bordello, or a Victorian opium den, or the inside of a spaceship.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  an addictive narcotic extracted from seed capsules of the opium poppy
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A narcotic is a drug that can control pain or to help people sleep. Opium can be taken as an intoxicant for pleasure but is highly addictive.
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  • Sometimes it looked like a French bordello, or a Victorian opium den, or the inside of a spaceship.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • There was relief all around, but soon the thread had been overtaken by a multi-participant debate about the efficacy of that war, U.S. foreign policy in general, whether or not we won in Vietnam or Grenada or even WWI, and the ability of the Afghans to self-govern, and the opium trade financing the insurgents, and the possibility of legalization of any and all illicit drugs in America and Europe.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She liked to mix her own—a little White Diamonds, a little Opium.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • If he found out about the opium, she could just blame it on the horrible headaches she’d been having lately.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • Thinking , … Himalayas, yak butter, opium dens, and he said, "Well, the Scilly Isles in particular."
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Save for opium, I do not think that I could name a single drug, and what Sophie disclosed about Nathan produced the immediate effect on me of having heard about something criminal.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I know the monks gave me opium, and I dreamed nearly all the time.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In the house on Desert End Road, which had the super-expensive cable television package my mother would never let us get, he drew the blinds against the glare and sat smoking in front of the television, glassy as an opium addict, watching ESPN with the sound off, no sport in particular, anything and everything that came on: cricket, jai alai, badminton, croquet.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She takes two matchhead-sized portions of opium flakes with a pinch of tobacco and drops the mix into the hookah’s bowl.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • As he watched, Rat said, it made him think of some weird opium dream.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • The opium peddlers of the church had something there, but they didn’t know what they had.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Courtesy of Erin Taylor This army helicopter and crew landed in the opium field below the village and finally lifted me out of the Hindu Kush mountains.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Among the passengers were a number of officers, Government officials, and opium and indigo merchants, whose business called them to the eastern coast.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • O, said he, you had better put in at Macao, where you may buy China wares as cheap as at Nanquin, and sell your opium at a greater advance.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She had the surest information that of late he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the farthest east of the City.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They import raw opium in the sugar packets.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • With opium, belladonna, brucaea, snake-wood, and the cherry-laurel, they put to sleep all who stand in their way.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • After I’d given the stuff to bleach the blood and done certain other things to her, I gave the beast opium, and put her and the pillow she was sleeping on, on the apparatus.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Yes, opium dens, dens of vice and criminals’ hangouts, Mother.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Already the hospitals were worrying about the scarcity of quinine, calomel, opium, chloroform and iodine.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The doctor came and gave him opium.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Others produce stupefaction and paralysis, as opium, hemlock, and prussic acid; while others again, as strychnine, are followed by violent convulsions, or, as belladonna, by delirium.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • He gave her a large shot of morphine, left a bottle of opium pills, washed his hands, and put on his coat.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • These desperate ones were the dregs of the city’s cesspools, wretches who hid at night in the rain-soaked cellars of old ramshackle tenements, in "stale-beer dives" and opium joints, with abandoned women in the last stages of the harlot’s progress—women who had been kept by Chinamen and turned away at last to die.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I am glad to have drunk water so long, for the same reason that I prefer the natural sky to an opium-eater’s heaven.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Having neither opium nor hashish on hand, and being desirous of filling his brain with twilight, he had had recourse to that fearful mixture of brandy, stout, absinthe, which produces the most terrible of lethargies.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And each time she returned, she remained in her bedroom, sitting all day like a Buddha, smoking her opium, talking softly to herself.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • I meant to swallow the tablets and drink the opium as soon as the Germans tried to open my door.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He went on to impress us with his knowledge of the opium-growing regions of the world.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Prefer an ounce of opium.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I administered opium, and for another I extracted a tooth.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Something stupefying like the fumes of opium seized her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • A day of it to the untried mind is like opium to the untried body.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • It was as though she was suddenly impatient to be done with all this and to be left alone in the stillness of the great room with her opium pipe.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Then came the chemist and druggist, with other tabular statements, showing that when they didn’t get drunk, they took opium.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • On being excluded, the old ladies changed their tone, and cried through the keyhole that old Sally was drunk; which, indeed, was not unlikely; since, in addition to a moderate dose of opium prescribed by the apothecary, she was labouring under the effects of a final taste of gin-and-water which had been privily administered, in the openness of their hearts, by the worthy old ladies themselves.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Maggie’s was a troublous life, and this was the form in which she took her opium.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He has purchased opium of me for the last year and a half.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He took opium.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Becky loved society and, indeed, could no more exist without it than an opium-eater without his dram, and she was happy enough at the period of her boarding-house life.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Once a large man, he’d grown thinner, whittled down by grief and opium.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • He was given opium and hypodermic injections of morphine, but this did not relieve him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The opium taste of her mouth.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Only at rare moments, when the opium gave him an instant’s relief from the never-ceasing pain, he would sometimes, half asleep, utter what was ever more intense in his heart than in all the others: "Oh, if it were only the end!" or: "When will it be over?"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Lord Henry elevated his eyebrows, and looked at him in amazement through the thin blue wreaths of smoke that curled up in such fanciful whorls from his heavy opium-tainted cigarette.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I would rather visit an emergency ward, some urban well of trembling, where people come in gut-shot, slashed, sleepy-eyed with opium compounds, broken needles in their arms.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • A little opium, a little herbs, and a special kind of dragon bone we dig out from a secret place only our family knows.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision—that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation—that leaden, self-balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The place in question was more or less well known as an opium-den of the lowest description.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
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