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  • The capsule in which reposed the sodium cyanide (tiny granulated crystals as characterless as Bromo-Seltzer, said Nathan, and similarly water soluble, melting almost immediately, though not effervescent) was really quite small, a bit smaller than any medicinal capsule she had ever seen, and was also metallically reflective, so that as he held it inches above her face where she lay against the pillow—wiggling it between thumb and forefinger and causing the pinkish oblong to do a little…†   (source)
  • "Sugar's awfully soluble," Quentin said, biting his thin lip.†   (source)
  • Nobody gives a four-year-old non-water-soluble paint.†   (source)
  • Leavitt explained that it had been developed for the astronauts, and that it contained everything except air-soluble vitamins.†   (source)
  • Originally intended to prevent escape of lab animals that might break free into the core, the sensors released ligamine, a curare derivative that was water-soluble, in the form of a gas.†   (source)
  • Morning moved like a pearl-gray tide across the fields and up the hill-flanks, flowing rapidly down into the soluble dark.†   (source)
  • They require some final refrigeration which I cannot give them, dabbling always in warm soluble words.†   (source)
  • That comes from soluble toxins released by the bacteria; they have an intoxicating effect on the central nervous system, you see—which gives you those flushed cheeks.†   (source)
  • All the rest, whether people or objects, lay in a blur of fog—a fog that was engendered in Hans Castorp's own brain and that Director Behrens and Dr. Krokowski would doubtless have declared to be the product of soluble toxins.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile the soluble toxins from the bacteria had long since intoxicated the nerve centers: the organism was already feverish, and with heaving bosom, so to speak, it reeled toward its disintegration.†   (source)
  • With the ongoing series of lectures as a basis, the conversation could then have moved from love as a force conducive to illness, to the nonphysical nature of its indications, to "old" and "new" areas, to soluble toxins and love potions, to light piercing the dark subconscious, to the blessings of psychoanalysis and the transference of symptoms—but then what do we know, since for us this is all merely guesswork, a hypothetical answer to the question about the subject of the chats…†   (source)
  • …which, as a civilian, Hans Castorp had begun to feel a responsibility, even though down in the flatlands he had never noticed such questions, probably never would have noticed them, but certainly did here, where one looked down on the world and its creatures from the contemplative retreat of five thousand feet and thought one's thoughts, even if they were probably the result of enhanced activity of the body, which was caused by soluble toxins and made your face burn with a dry flush.†   (source)
  • …and of people's susceptibility to it; about Hans Castorp's own modest, but chronic case, about how the bacillus irritated the cells of the tissue in the bronchi and air sacs of the lungs, about the formation of tubercles and the production of soluble intoxicating toxins, the deterioration of the cells and the process of caseation, which if it continued to petrify into chalky scar tissue meant a beneficial arrest of the disease, but if it went on to build ever-larger soft foci, created…†   (source)
  • I have said enough to convince you that ciphers of this nature are readily soluble, and to give you some insight into the rationale of their development.†   (source)
  • It had been for himself so very soluble a problem to live in England assimilated yet unconverted that it seemed to him equally simple his lawful heir should after his death carry on the grey old bank in the white American light.†   (source)
  • Her presence proved somehow less irreducible to soft particles than Ralph had expected in the natural perturbation of his sense of the perfect solubility of that of his cousin; for the correspondent of the Interviewer prompted mirth in him, and he had long since decided that the crescendo of mirth should be the flower of his declining days.†   (source)
  • …of occupation, that is, of his way of life—now that that was so restricted—seemed to him such an easy matter that he forgot that a superfluity of the comforts of life destroys all joy in satisfying one's needs, while great freedom in the choice of occupation—such freedom as his wealth, his education, and his social position had given him in his own life—is just what makes the choice of occupation insolubly difficult and destroys the desire and possibility of having an occupation.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in insolubly means not and reverses the meaning of solubly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • In fact, the facility with which I shall arrive, or have arrived, at the solution of this mystery, is in the direct ratio of its apparent insolubility in the eyes of the police.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in insolubility means not and reverses the meaning of solubility. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • He poured into two teacups two level spoonfuls, four in all, of Epps's soluble cocoa and proceeded according to the directions for use printed on the label, to each adding after sufficient time for infusion the prescribed ingredients for diffusion in the manner and in the quantity prescribed.†   (source)
  • …pot of Plumtree's potted meat, an oval wicker basket bedded with fibre and containing one Jersey pear, a halfempty bottle of William Gilbey and Co's white invalid port, half disrobed of its swathe of coralpink tissue paper, a packet of Epps's soluble cocoa, five ounces of Anne Lynch's choice tea at 2/— per lb in a crinkled leadpaper bag, a cylindrical canister containing the best crystallised lump sugar, two onions, one, the larger, Spanish, entire, the other, smaller, Irish, bisected…†   (source)
  • …its indisputable hegemony extending in square leagues over all the region below the subequatorial tropic of Capricorn: the multisecular stability of its primeval basin: its luteofulvous bed: its capacity to dissolve and hold in solution all soluble substances including millions of tons of the most precious metals: its slow erosions of peninsulas and islands, its persistent formation of homothetic islands, peninsulas and downward tending promontories: its alluvial deposits: its weight…†   (source)
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  • When I finally did power it up, I felt an insoluble fear.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in insoluble means not and reverses the meaning of soluble. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • That's too bad, since it sets up an insoluble problem: no one could have shot him but God.†   (source)
  • And it was, but the weather was insoluble.†   (source)
  • She felt frozen by the insoluble quandary the Varden faced.†   (source)
  • It felt strange in the hand, curiously sensitive to the touch but at the same time giving the impression that it was synthetic, insoluble, elaborately engineered.†   (source)
  • Watching the young man on the rock trying to disjoint his own fingers, I was forcibly reminded of the captain, facing some insoluble problem of supply.†   (source)
  • The times, to their eyes, must have been out of joint, and to the common folk must have seemed as insoluble and complicated as do ours today.†   (source)
  • In Religion Two—a heavy-reading course in "religion and literature"—we were instructed to divine Tolstoy's meaning: "There was no solution," Tolstoy writes in Anna Karenina, "but the universal solution that life gives to all questions, even the most complex and insoluble.†   (source)
  • And now, on top of these insoluble things, her mother had only hours before probed into the pit of her soul and discovered her deep uncertainty.†   (source)
  • "Crack Stress of Airplane Bodies by Computer Analysis" — he was looking for a numerical solution to analytically insoluble equations.†   (source)
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  • All seemed insoluble.†   (source)
  • With him gone, she was suddenly present but not present, and would hardly be a person at all were it not for her seemingly insoluble beauty, which the time in our camp had not yet worn away.†   (source)
  • The third lesson is that even when a social problem is so vast as to be insoluble in its entirety, it's still worth mitigating.†   (source)
  • Joe reeled backward from the burning woman, from the sight that scorched his heart, from the hideous stench that withered him, from an insoluble mystery that left him empty of hope.†   (source)
  • At that moment, overcome with the tender brutality of physical existence--with "the insoluble contradiction of being animals cursed with self-reflection, and moral beings cursed with animal instincts"--Jacob launches into a lament, a single, ecstatic paragraph, unbroken over five pages, that Time magazine called one of the most "incandescent, haunting passages" in contemporary literature.†   (source)
  • It's an insoluble dilemma, really.†   (source)
  • Insoluble questions they were, it seemed to her, standing there, holding James by the hand.†   (source)
  • That is the insoluble question.†   (source)
  • It's insoluble.†   (source)
  • He understood that men were forever strangers to one another, that no one ever comes really to know any one, that imprisoned in the dark womb of our mother, we come to life without having seen her face, that we are given to her arms a stranger, and that, caught in that insoluble prison of being, we escape it never, no matter what arms may clasp us, what mouth may kiss us, what heart may warm us.†   (source)
  • The animals found the problem insoluble; in any case, they had little time for speculating on such things now.†   (source)
  • There remains, however, the insoluble problem of the solitary man with the eyeglass; of the elderly lady drinking champagne alone.†   (source)
  • The horror of his almost insoluble problem!†   (source)
  • ' "My dear chap," I cried, "you shall always remain for them an insoluble mystery."†   (source)
  • In fact even now to himself there was much that was evasive and even insoluble about it.†   (source)
  • That terrifying and all but insoluble problem.†   (source)
  • She was tormented by the insoluble question whether she loved Anatole or Prince Andrew.†   (source)
  • I could merely agree with all Paris in considering them an insoluble mystery.†   (source)
  • This was just one more of those insoluble problems that kept welling up in my mind!†   (source)
  • By each successive age insoluble, pass'd on, To ours to-day—and we pass on the same.†   (source)
  • These formed so many insoluble problems.†   (source)
  • This problem seemed to the ancients insoluble.†   (source)
  • And Bilibin unwrinkled his temple, feeling that the dilemma was insoluble.†   (source)
  • The scum was absolutely insoluble, and it is a strange thing, seeing the instant effect of the gas, that one could drink without hurt the water from which it had been strained.†   (source)
  • He was an insoluble problem.†   (source)
  • The faces of the patients here wore the expression of one who had just sighed profoundly, dismissing something insoluble—but their sighs only marked the beginning of another ceaseless round of ratiocination, not in a line as with normal people but in the same circle.†   (source)
  • He suffered ever the same unceasing agonies and in his loneliness pondered always on the same insoluble question: "What is this?†   (source)
  • But I was fond of Bloch; my parents wished me to be happy; and the insoluble problems which I set myself on such texts as the 'absolutely meaningless' beauty of La fille de Minos et de Pasiphae tired me more and made me more unwell than I should have been after further talks with him, unwholesome as those talks might seem to my mother's mind.†   (source)
  • He found it impossible to study conic sections; something in their calm and tantalizing respectability breathing defiantly through Mr. Rooney's fetid parlors distorted their equations into insoluble anagrams.†   (source)
  • They were called criminals, and the outraged law, like the bursting shells, had come to them, an insoluble mystery from over the sea.†   (source)
  • …at once 'containers' whose transparent sides were like solidified water and 'contents' plunged into a still larger container of liquid, flowing crystal, suggested an image of coolness more delicious and more provoking than the same water in the same jars would have done, standing upon a table laid for dinner, by shewing it as perpetually in flight between the impalpable water, in which my hands could not arrest it, and the insoluble glass, in which my palate could not enjoy it.†   (source)
  • From the moment the sheer truthfulness of his last three years of life carries the day against the ignorance, the fear, and the anger of men, he appears no longer to me as I saw him last—a white speck catching all the dim light left upon a sombre coast and the darkened sea—but greater and more pitiful in the loneliness of his soul, that remains even for her who loved him best a cruel and insoluble mystery.†   (source)
  • As for stays, having fixed the date of the trial for October fifteenth (ample time, as he judged, for the defense to prepare its case), he adjourned for the remainder of the summer to his cottage on Blue Mountain Lake, where both the prosecution and the defense, should any knotty or locally insoluble legal complication arise, would be able to find him and have his personal attention.†   (source)
  • There was no solution, but that universal solution which life gives to all questions, even the most complex and insoluble.†   (source)
  • I made up my mind, at once, that this was of a simple species—such, however, as would appear, to the crude intellect of the sailor, absolutely insoluble without the key.†   (source)
  • Why that should have happened to her which had not happened to other women remained an insoluble question by which she expressed her perpetual ruminating comparison of the past with the present.†   (source)
  • As to his shirt-collar, and his coat-collar, they were perplexing to reflect upon,—insoluble mysteries both.†   (source)
  • The incidents of sex which they contain, though carried in both to the extreme point at which another step would be dealt with, not by the King's Reader, but by the police, do not involve adultery, nor any allusion to Mrs Warren's profession, nor to the fact that the children of any polyandrous group will, when they grow up, inevitably be confronted, as those of Mrs Warren's group are in my play, with the insoluble problem of their own possible consanguinity.†   (source)
  • If the English colonies had been founded in an age of darkness, or if their origin was already lost in the lapse of years, the problem would be insoluble.†   (source)
  • It was a mystery all insoluble; nor could I grapple with the shadowy fancies that crowded upon me as I pondered.†   (source)
  • But for that ending a quite different anxiety arose, a new, incidental, but yet fatal and insoluble difficulty presented itself.†   (source)
  • Too many thoughts had piled up in my mind, too many insoluble questions had arisen, too many images were keeping my eyelids open!†   (source)
  • Towering like a mountain above all the rest stood the fatal, insoluble question: How would things end between his father and his brother Dmitri with this terrible woman?†   (source)
  • It appears to me that this mystery is considered insoluble, for the very reason which should cause it to be regarded as easy of solution--I mean for the outré character of its features.†   (source)
  • The question how to live had hardly begun to grow a little clearer to him, when a new, insoluble question presented itself—death.†   (source)
  • Freedom, free thought and science, will lead them into such straits and will bring them face to face with such marvels and insoluble mysteries, that some of them, the fierce and rebellious, will destroy themselves, others, rebellious but weak, will destroy one another, while the rest, weak and unhappy, will crawl fawning to our feet and whine to us: "Yes, you were right, you alone possess His mystery, and we come back to you, save us from ourselves!"†   (source)
  • The one mystery of death, still unsolved, had scarcely passed before his eyes, when another mystery had arisen, as insoluble, urging him to love and to life.†   (source)
  • The sight of his brother, and the nearness of death, revived in Levin that sense of horror in face of the insoluble enigma, together with the nearness and inevitability of death, that had come upon him that autumn evening when his brother had come to him.†   (source)
  • It was too dreadful to be under the burden of these insoluble problems, so he abandoned himself to any distraction in order to forget them.†   (source)
  • He suddenly felt that the very thing that was the source of his sufferings had become the source of his spiritual joy; that what had seemed insoluble while he was judging, blaming, and hating, had become clear and simple when he forgave and loved.†   (source)
  • A modern branch of mathematics having achieved the art of dealing with the infinitely small can now yield solutions in other more complex problems of motion which used to appear insoluble.†   (source)
  • In the morning, on an empty stomach, all the old questions appeared as insoluble and terrible as ever, and Pierre hastily picked up a book, and if anyone came to see him he was glad.†   (source)
  • Seryozha had been shy of his father before, and now, ever since Alexey Alexandrovitch had taken to calling him young man, and since that insoluble question had occurred to him whether Vronsky were a friend or a foe, he avoided his father.†   (source)
  • And so for history, the insoluble mystery presented by the incompatibility of free will and inevitability does not exist as it does for theology, ethics, and philosophy.†   (source)
  • In reality, those who in Vronsky's opinion had the "proper" view had no sort of view at all, but behaved in general as well-bred persons do behave in regard to all the complex and insoluble problems with which life is encompassed on all sides; they behaved with propriety, avoiding allusions and unpleasant questions.†   (source)
  • The diplomatists think that their disagreements are the cause of this fresh pressure of natural forces; they anticipate war between their sovereigns; the position seems to them insoluble.†   (source)
  • Yet one need only discard the study of the reports and general plans and consider the movement of those hundreds of thousands of men who took a direct part in the events, and all the questions that seemed insoluble easily and simply receive an immediate and certain solution.†   (source)
  • To him therefore there can not be any knot in the Law, insoluble; either by finding out the ends, to undoe it by; or else by making what ends he will, (as Alexander did with his sword in the Gordian knot,) by the Legislative power; which no other Interpreter can doe.†   (source)
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