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  • We were the Church Fathers of waste in all its transmutations.†   (source)
  • Lapped in it, far off, shrouded with rosy mist which she did not identify as transmuted coal smoke, a city lay, fretted with spires, already sparkling with electric lights, set like a glittering boss of jewels in the broad curve of a shining river.†   (source)
  • But, as if in recognition of the colder fuel that drove her, "fiery" transmuted to "ruthless."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Consider the Marine Corps Memorial as the ultimate transmutation of The Photograph.†   (source)
  • Now only a few of the older order remained, and they no longer even pretended to transmute metals ... ...but they could make wildfire.†   (source)
  • Kraken can instruct her in transmutation in my absence.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • THIS I BELIEVE, FIRST OF ALL: that all our basic convictions must be tested and transmuted in the crucible of experience—and sometimes the more bitter the experience, the more valid the purified belief.†   (source)
  • He was still smiling, it was a smile of amusement, but it was as if amusement could be transmuted into some shining glory.†   (source)
  • This projection is based on controlled transmutation—any isotope into any other and postulating power for any reaction not exo-energetic.†   (source)
  • Alteration vs. Transmutation   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The hapless mutton, but his tegument; Yet what, transmuted, swart and silken flows Between, was neither plucked nor harshly flayed.†   (source)
  • "Good God—" 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.†   (source)
  • He swam in a sea of money, and when money was transmuted back into paper he was left gasping and confused, and he died.†   (source)
  • To transmute a man into an angel was the hope that drove him all over the world and never let him flinch from a meeting or withhold good-byes for long.†   (source)
  • Eragon buries Brom in a tomb of sandstone, which Saphira transmutes into pure diamond.†   (source)
  • A fierce exhilaration overtook her, transmuting her pain into an almost pleasurable sensation.†   (source)
  • Okay, Mike—no cheap shipping, no transmutation: How long till trouble?†   (source)
  • How much change is actually a transmutation of the government?†   (source)
  • Walter Benson read it again and again, and gradually the world around him was transmuted.†   (source)
  • Every afternoon he would sit by the chestnut tree preaching in Latin, but Jose Arcadio Buendia insisted on rejecting rhetorical tricks and the transmutation of chocolate, and he demanded the daguerreotype of God as the only proof.†   (source)
  • But the huge bowl of the sky remains untracked: no zeppelins, no bombers, no superhuman paratroopers, just the last songbirds returning from their winter homes, and the quicksilver winds of spring transmuting into the heavier, greener breezes of summer.†   (source)
  • Once and only once, you can place inforrnation into those chips and then freeze it-the information, the software, becomes frozen into the chip-it transmutes into hardware.†   (source)
  • He memorized the words of making, binding, and summoning; learned the true names of plants and animals; and studied the perils of transmutation, how to call upon the wind and the sea, and the myriad skills needed to understand the forces of the world.†   (source)
  • Returning to St. Albans one afternoon by way of the Triborough Bridge, she lost control of the car while driving at ferocious speed (the police said that the speedometer was frozen at eighty-five miles an hour), smashed into the rear end of a truck and spun out against the guardrail of the bridge, where the Chrysler was instantly transmuted into steel splinters and plastic shards.†   (source)
  • In the angled windowpane she saw the reflection of her pale face beneath the checkered scarf, below this the blue and white stripes of her coarse prisoner's smock; blinking, weeping, gazing straight through her own diaphanous image, she glimpsed the magical white horse again, grazing now, the meadow, the sheep beyond, and further still, as if at the very edge of the world, the rim of the drab gray autumnal woods, transmuted by the music's incandescence into a towering frieze of withering but majestic foliage, implausibly beautiful, aglow with some immanent grace.†   (source)
  • Why was it given to one man to have his pain transmuted into gladness?†   (source)
  • A transmutation had been effected.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Oh, yes, I had experienced all these changes and transmutations that fate reserves for her difficult children, her ticklish customers.†   (source)
  • His colleagues, however, recognized in this a possible political asset and transmuted it into one of the most successful of all political symbols—the hard-fisted rail-splitter.†   (source)
  • Granting that I had in the course of all my painful transmutations made some invisible and unaccountable gain, I had had to pay dearly for it; and at every turn my life was harsher, more difficult, lonely and perilous.†   (source)
  • But when he sat down and set his fingers to the roast, it was transmuted; at his lips the wine became liquid gold.†   (source)
  • WHEN THE HERO-QUEST has been accomplished, through penetration to the source, or through the grace of some male or female, human or animal personification, the adventurer still must return with his life-transmuting trophy.†   (source)
  • Dante's Divina Commedia is an exhaustive review of the stages: "Inferno," the misery of the spirit bound to the prides and actions of the flesh; "Purgatorio," the process of transmuting fleshly into spiritual experience; "Paradiso," the degrees of spiritual realization.†   (source)
  • Their entertaining myths transport the mind and spirit, not up to, but past them, into the yonder void; from which perspective the more heavily freightedtheological dogmas then appear to have been only pedagogical lures: their function, to cart the unadroit intellect away from its concrete clutter of facts and events to a comparatively rarefied zone, where, as a final boon, all existence—whether heavenly, earthly, or infernal—may at last be seen transmuted into the semblance of a lightly passing, recurrent, mere childhood dream of bliss and fright.†   (source)
  • Such a monkey-holiness is not what the functioning world requires; rather, a transmutation of the whole social order is necessary, so that through every detail and act of secular life the vitalizing image of the universal god-man who is actually immanent and effective in all of us may be somehow made known to consciousness.†   (source)
  • In the vocabulary of the mystics this is the second stage of the Way, that of the "purification of the self," when the senses are "cleansed and humbled," and the energies and interests "concentrated upon transcendental things";8 or in a vocabulary of more modern turn: this is the process of dissolving, transcending, or transmuting the infantile images of our personal past.†   (source)
  • You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.†   (source)
  • "The primary symbol of alchemistic transmutation," Naphta went on, "was the crypt."†   (source)
  • Oh, this is dreadful!" she went on, unconscious of the transmutation she was effecting.†   (source)
  • It is more than progress; it is transmutation.†   (source)
  • Or, I might say, it depends on how far the process had gone, of transmuting life into truth.†   (source)
  • But I was learning the sweet lesson for myself that the soul transmuted itself, expressed itself, through the flesh; that the sight and sense and touch of the loved one's hair was as much breath and voice and essence of the spirit as the light that shone from the eyes and the thoughts that fell from the lips.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In a crisis when the kingdom might well have anticipated the famous signal that some years later published along the naval line of battle what it was that upon occasion England 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.†   (source)
  • Except that chastity only apparently triumphed, its victory was a Pyrrhic victory, because the demands of love could not be fettered, or coerced; suppressed love was not dead, it continued to live on in the dark, secret depths, straining for fulfillment—and broke the bands of chastity and reappeared, though in transmuted, unrecognizable form.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Despite the heavy, motionless silence of the hawthorns, these gusts of fragrance came to me like the murmuring of an intense vitality, with which the whole altar was quivering like a roadside hedge explored by living antennae, of which I was reminded by seeing some stamens, almost red in colour, which seemed to have kept the springtime virulence, the irritant power of stinging insects now transmuted into flowers.†   (source)
  • But the complexion even of external things seemed to suffer transmutation as her announcement progressed.†   (source)
  • His mood transmuted itself into a dogged indifference till at length he fancied he was looking on his own existence with the passive interest of an outsider.†   (source)
  • And long afterwards, when the arrangement (or, rather, the ritual pretence of an arrangement) of her cattleyas had quite fallen into desuetude, the metaphor "Do a cattleya," transmuted into a simple verb which they would employ without a thought of its original meaning when they wished to refer to the act of physical possession (in which, paradoxically, the possessor possesses nothing), survived to commemorate in their vocabulary the long forgotten custom from which it sprang.†   (source)
  • I could no longer contain my joy when my father, in the intervals of tapping the barometer and complaining of the cold, began to look out which were the best trains, and when I understood that by making one's way, after luncheon, into the coal-grimed laboratory, the wizard's cell that undertook to contrive a complete transmutation of its surroundings, one could awaken, next morning, in the city of marble and gold, in which "the building of the wall was of jasper and the foundation of the wall an emerald."†   (source)
  • There is a shepherd—youth, a friend of mine, who transmutes them into something highly fascinating to my simplicity.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Whereas, Mrs. Bute consulted 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.†   (source)
  • It had kept its boughs unshattered, and its full complement of leaves; and the whole in perfect verdure, except a single branch, that, by the earlier change with which the elm-tree sometimes prophesies the autumn, had been transmuted to bright gold.†   (source)
  • All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming adown the gray trunks of the solemn trees.†   (source)
  • As if in an economics class I had been ushered over into a column of transmutable commodities: the Murdered.†   (source)
    standard suffix: The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Clearly the thrill of the fight was being transmuted into a different kind of excitement.†   (source)
  • Tragedy and terror, transmuted by time.†   (source)
  • The gentleman of perfect blood acknowledges his perfect blood,
    The insulter, the prostitute, the angry person, the beggar, see
    themselves in the ways of him, he strangely transmutes them,
    They are not vile any more, they hardly know themselves they are so grown.†   (source)
  • We Two, How Long We Were Fool'd
    We two, how long we were fool'd,
    Now transmuted, we swiftly escape as Nature escapes,
    We are Nature, long have we been absent, but now we return,
    We become plants, trunks, foliage, roots, bark,
    We are bedded in the ground, we are rocks,
    We are oaks, we grow in the openings side by side,
    We browse, we are two among the wild herds spontaneous as any,
    We are two fishes swimming in th†   (source)
  • The perfect singing voice—deepest of all to me the lesson—trial
    and test of all:)
    How through those strains distill'd—how the rapt ears, the soul of
    me, absorbing
    Fernando's heart, Manrico's passionate call, Ernani's, sweet Gennaro's,
    I fold thenceforth, or seek to fold, within my chants transmuting,
    Freedom's and Love's and Faith's unloos'd cantabile,
    (As perfume's, color's, sunlight's correlation:)
    From these, for these, with these, a hurried line, dead tenor,
    A wafted autumn leaf, dropt in the closing grave, the shovel'd earth,
    To memory of thee.†   (source)
  • Unneth* the people her knew for her fairness, *scarcely
    When she transmuted was in such richess.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Those who maintain the affirmative ought at least to mark the boundary between authorized and usurped innovations; between that degree of change which lies within the compass of ALTERATIONS AND FURTHER PROVISIONS, and that which amounts to a TRANSMUTATION of the government.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • Let Ovid be silent concerning Cadmus and Arethusa, for if, poetizing, he converts him into a serpent and her into a fountain, I envy him not; for two natures front to front never did he transmute, so that both the forms were prompt to exchange their matter.†   (source)
  • And *conne he letterure,* or conne he none, *if he knows learning*
    As in effect, he shall it find all one;
    For bothe two, by my salvation,
    Concluden in multiplication* *transmutation by alchemy
    Alike well, when they have all y-do;
    This is to say, they faile bothe two.†   (source)
  • Dante himself, the first modern critic, declared that "nothing harmonized by a musical bond can be transmuted from its own speech without losing all its sweetness and harmony," and every fresh attempt at translation affords a new proof of the truth of his assertion.†   (source)
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