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morass
used in Arrowsmith

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Definition
a difficult situation that frustrates progress

or:

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  • Martin had been reading Max Gottlieb's scientific papers—as much of them as he could read, with their morass of mathematical symbols—and from them he had a conviction that experiments should be something dealing with the foundations of life and death, with the nature of bacterial infection, with the chemistry of bodily reactions.
    Chapter 3 (5% in)
  • It cannot be said, in this biography of a young man who was in no degree a hero, who regarded himself as a seeker after truth yet who stumbled and slid back all his life and bogged himself in every obvious morass, that Martin's intentions toward Madeline Fox were what is called "honorable.
    Chapter 5 (39% in)

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