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essence
used in To the Lighthouse

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Definition
the defining or most important quality of something

or:

a extract that concentrates important qualities of something such as smell or taste
  • Then up rose in a fume the essence of his being.
    1 — The Window (17% in)
  • ...not always taking care of some man or other; for there was in all their minds a mute questioning of deference and chivalry, of the Bank of England and the Indian Empire, of ringed fingers and lace, though to them all there was something in this of the essence of beauty, which called out the manliness in their girlish hearts, and made them, as they sat at table beneath their mother's eyes, honour her strange severity, her extreme courtesy, like a queen's raising from the mud to wash a...
    1 — The Window (3% in)
  • Naturally, if one's days were passed in this seeing of angular essences, this reducing of lovely evenings, with all their flamingo clouds and blue and silver to a white deal four-legged table (and it was a mark of the finest minds to do so), naturally one could not be judged like an ordinary person.
    1 — The Window (17% in)
  • Oh, Mrs. Ramsay! she called out silently, to that essence which sat by the boat, that abstract one made of her, that woman in grey, as if to abuse her for having gone, and then having gone, come back again.
    3 — The Lighthouse (53% in)

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