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mortal
used in Interview with the Vampire

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1  —21 uses as in:
mortal body
Definition
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • Lestat hunted for mortals every night,
    Part 1 (21% in)
mortals = humans
  • I bore this with an overt detachment unknown to me in mortal life and came to understand this as a part of vampire nature: that I might sit at home at Pointe du Lac and think for hours of my brother's mortal life and see it short and rounded in unfathomable darkness, understanding now the vain and senseless wasting passion with which I'd mourned his loss and turned on other mortals like a maddened animal.
    Part 1 (22% in)
  • Let me not give you that impression, for brooding would have been to me the most terrible waste; but rather I looked around me at all the mortals that I knew and saw all life as precious, condemning all fruitless guilt and passion that would let it slip through the fingers like sand.
    Part 1 (23% in)
  • The slaves knew now we were not ordinary mortals.
    Part 1 (30% in)
  • They were in many ways as elusive as the dreams of mortals.
    Part 1 (48% in)
  • And all this time I was educating Claudia, whispering in her tiny seashell ear that our eternal life was useless to us if we did not see the beauty around us, the creation of mortals everywhere; I was constantly sounding the depth of her still gaze as she took the books I gave her, whispered the poetry I taught her, and played with a light but confident touch her own strange, coherent songs on the piano.
    Part 1 (63% in)
  • He stood back on the brick sidewalk regarding me with that grave suspicion that sooner or later crept into the faces of all mortals who-knew us for any length of time, the forerunner of death, as pallor might be to a fatal fever; and I tried to explain to him they had not been here, mother or daughter, and we must begin some search.
    Part 1 (66% in)
  • You speak of them out there as mortals, us as vampires.
    Part 1 (68% in)
  • You look at me as you look at mortals from aloft, from some region of cold self-sufficiency l can't understand.
    Part 1 (73% in)
  • A wilderness of mortals surrounded us, groping, blind, preoccupied, and the brides and bridegrooms of death.
    Part 1 (73% in)
  • Your need to drive the needle of the mind right to the heart of it all like the beak of the hummingbird, who beats so wild and fast that mortals might think he had no tiny feet could never set, just go from quest to quest, going again and again for the heart of it.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • Unconscious death .... the fate of all mortals.
    Part 3 (17% in)
  • And that soft, wrenching sound which none of those mortals might hear seemed somehow to hook me to the solid place where I was.
    Part 3 (19% in)
  • I think I put my hands to my head as mortals do when so deeply troubled that they instinctively cover the face, reach for the brain as if they could reach through the skull and massage the living organ out of its agony.
    Part 3 (28% in)
  • I was something whirling and vibrating to them, as mortals were to me.
    Part 3 (30% in)
  • But then a voice came softly to me on the air, too faint for mortals: 'How is this so?
    Part 3 (32% in)
  • 'You care here to ponder mortals, justice done to mortals?' he asked; but there was no reproach or mockery in his tone.
    Part 3 (33% in)
  • 'You care here to ponder mortals, justice done to mortals?' he asked; but there was no reproach or mockery in his tone.
    Part 3 (33% in)
  • I will not make her one of us, I will not damn the legions of mortals who'll die at her hands if I dot Your power over me is broken.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • Mortals would be so entranced, and drop to their knees to look into the small windows.
    Part 3 (65% in)
  • Houses of other centuries, gnarled trees, that sudden thick and silent tranquility which means that the masses are shut out; a handful of mortals inhabit this vast region of highceilinged rooms; stone absorbs the sound of breathing, the space of whole lives.
    Part 3 (67% in)

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  • I might have loved again and desired again, and sought some semblance of mortal life which would have been rich and varied, though unnatural.
    Part 4 (2% in)
  • I was reacting too much as if the 'mortal coil' had not been shaken off.
    Part 1 (18% in)
  • As boring as a mortal, as trivial and unhappy as a mortal, he chattered over the game, belittling my experience, utterly locked against the possibility of any experience of his own.
    Part 1 (18% in)
  • As boring as a mortal, as trivial and unhappy as a mortal, he chattered over the game, belittling my experience, utterly locked against the possibility of any experience of his own.
    Part 1 (18% in)
  • Don't get any mortal notions about telling them you are a vampire.
    Part 1 (20% in)
  • 'That mortal nonsense,' he would say to me, while at the same time spending so much of my money to splendidly furnish Pointe du Lac, that even I, who cared nothing for the money, was forced to wince.
    Part 1 (21% in)
  • I bore this with an overt detachment unknown to me in mortal life and came to understand this as a part of vampire nature: that I might sit at home at Pointe du Lac and think for hours of my brother's mortal life and see it short and rounded in unfathomable darkness, understanding now the vain and senseless wasting passion with which I'd mourned his loss and turned on other mortals like a maddened animal.
    Part 1 (22% in)
  • I bore this with an overt detachment unknown to me in mortal life and came to understand this as a part of vampire nature: that I might sit at home at Pointe du Lac and think for hours of my brother's mortal life and see it short and rounded in unfathomable darkness, understanding now the vain and senseless wasting passion with which I'd mourned his loss and turned on other mortals like a maddened animal.
    Part 1 (22% in)
  • It was detachment that made this possible, a sublime loneliness with which Lestat and I moved through the world of mortal men.
    Part 1 (23% in)
  • But this had never given him the life he wanted, and so for that he had ushered me into the preternatural world that he might acquire an investor and manager for whom these skills of mortal life became most valuable in this life after.
    Part 1 (23% in)
  • Of course, I did not fear these elements in the sense that you might; they did not numb me, nor threaten me with mortal shivering or illness.
    Part 1 (26% in)
  • The nuances of vampire existence weren't even available to him because he was focused with a maniacal vengeance upon the mortal life he'd left.
    Part 1 (28% in)
  • They were very black and totally foreign; they spoke in their African tongues, and they spoke the French patois; and when they sang, they sang African songs which made the fields exotic and strange, always frightening to me in my mortal life.
    Part 1 (30% in)
  • Not so that mortal eyes would have seen it, but Lestat and I could see it.
    Part 1 (35% in)
  • But I found her more alluring than any woman I'd known in mortal life.
    Part 1 (40% in)
  • You are in mortal danger; don't talk of devils!'
    Part 1 (40% in)
  • Even with morning rising slowly, only the dormers and high porches of the houses were emerging from the dark, and to a mortal man the narrow streets I found were like pitch.
    Part 1 (45% in)
  • For such dreams, such long and clear dreams I never had as a mortal; and such twisted nightmares I never had either.
    Part 1 (48% in)
  • You are in love with your mortal nature!
    Part 1 (51% in)
  • And in your romance with mortal life, you're dead to your vampire nature!'
    Part 1 (51% in)
  • My vampire nature has been for me the greatest adventure of my life; ail that went before it was confused, clouded; I went through mortal life like a blind man groping from solid object to solid object.
    Part 1 (51% in)
  • So it is with you and mortal nature.
    Part 1 (51% in)
  • He led me quickly through the street, turning every time I hesitated, his hand out for mine, a smile on his lips, his presence as marvelous to me as the night he'd come in my mortal life and told me we would be vampires.
    Part 1 (55% in)
  • And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret.
    Part 1 (55% in)
  • He was playing to me as he had when I was mortal; he was leading me.
    Part 1 (55% in)
  • She forgot her five years of mortal life at once, or so it seemed, for she was mysteriously quiet.
    Part 1 (61% in)
  • And from time to time I even feared that she had lost all sense, that the illness of her mortal life, combined with the great vampire shock, might have robbed her of reason; but this proved hardly the case.
    Part 1 (61% in)
  • Louis had a mortal sister, I remember her.
    Part 1 (68% in)
  • He was mortal the same as she; and so was I. Why else this size, this shape?
    Part 1 (68% in)
  • Must I find a hag to show you your mortal countenance now if I had let you alone?
    Part 1 (68% in)
  • 'You could be dead by now if you were mortal!'
    Part 1 (69% in)
  • You've been my companion for countless years in my search for all that I could learn of mortal life and mortal creation.
    Part 1 (70% in)
  • You've been my companion for countless years in my search for all that I could learn of mortal life and mortal creation.
    Part 1 (70% in)
  • You were pink and fragrant a! mortal children are, sweet with the bite of salt and dust, I held you again, I took you again.
    Part 1 (73% in)
  • There would have been no mortal life for her.
    Part 1 (73% in)
  • 'Is this the aroma of mortal child?' she whispered.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • 'I was mortal b you,' she said, and when I lifted my eyes I saw he smiling; but the softness on her lips was evanescent and in a moment she was looking past me like some one listening for faint, important music.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • But Claudia, he is not mortal.
    Part 1 (78% in)
  • And I could not tell whether he had actually become fond of a mortal in spite of himself or was simply moving towards a particularly grand betrayal and cruelty.
    Part 1 (80% in)
  • Lestat entranced with a mortal!
    Part 1 (81% in)
  • And then came the funeral notices: I'd thought occasionally of going to her, of trying some way to rectify what I had done; and other times I thought it would all heal itself; and in my new life of nightly killing, I had grown far from the attachment I'd felt for her or for my sister or any mortal.
    Part 1 (82% in)
  • Never since the night long ago when I had first found her, a mortal child, clinging to her mother.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • It was more heartfelt, more awful than her mortal crying had ever been.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • And I stood there staring down not at the remains of Lestat, but at the body of my mortal brother.
    Part 1 (92% in)
  • I am not mortal, father, but immortal and damned, like angels put in hell by God.
    Part 1 (92% in)
  • Devil!' in sheer mortal panic.
    Part 1 (93% in)
  • How long the mortal Frenchman lived in me I don't know.
    Part 1 (93% in)
  • And those images which sound so static to us in childhood when we are all so taken up with mortal frenzy that we can scarce imagine them desirable: seraphim gazing forever upon the face of God-and the face of God itself-this was rest eternal, of which this gentle, cradling sea was only the faintest promise.
    Part 2 (6% in)
  • I dreamed too long, in the prison of this ship, in the prison of my body, attuned as it was to the rise of every sun as no mortal body had ever been.
    Part 2 (19% in)
  • It was so low no mortal could have heard it.
    Part 2 (69% in)
  • I shunned mortal life after her.
    Part 2 (92% in)
  • What was their life span; these orphans you left behind you-a day there, a week here, before the sun burnt them to ashes or some mortal victim cut them down?'
    Part 2 (95% in)
  • Mortal beauty often makes me ache, and mortal grandeur can fill me with that longing I felt so hopelessly in the Mediterranean Sea.
    Part 3 (0% in)
  • Mortal beauty often makes me ache, and mortal grandeur can fill me with that longing I felt so hopelessly in the Mediterranean Sea.
    Part 3 (0% in)
  • Forgot the damned and questing preternatural thing that doted on mortal skin and mortal clothing.
    Part 3 (0% in)
  • Forgot the damned and questing preternatural thing that doted on mortal skin and mortal clothing.
    Part 3 (0% in)
  • I was walking away from her before I meant to, I was searching like a dim-wilted mortal man for cape and gloves.
    Part 3 (5% in)
  • It was just some mortal walking in this same alley, walking unwarily towards death.
    Part 3 (7% in)
  • Because if mortal they were, they were too far off for mortal hearing.
    Part 3 (7% in)
  • Because if mortal they were, they were too far off for mortal hearing.
    Part 3 (7% in)
  • ...fell softly all around us: on the man and the woman stopped at the shut-up box office; on the crinkling posters of penny-dreadful vampires with their outstretched arms and cloaks resembling bat wings ready to close on the naked shoulders of a mortal victim; on the couple that pressed past us into the packed lobby, where I could easily perceive that the crowd was all human, no vampires among them, not even this boy who admitted us finally into the press of conversation and damp wool and...
    Part 3 (11% in)
  • The forest of the stage, through which that helpless mortal girl stared blindly towards the laughter, divided in two phantom halves, moving away from the center, freeing the vampire to close in on her.
    Part 3 (14% in)
  • The one thing you share with every mortal is death.
    Part 3 (16% in)
  • Until the mortal girl, frail and very white, lay naked in that mysterious wood, nestled in the silk of a black bier as if on the floor of the forest itself; and the music had begun again, eerie and alarming, growing louder as the lights grew dimmer.
    Part 3 (19% in)
  • And through the gloom I saw that mortal boy watching me, and I smelled the hot aroma of his flesh.
    Part 3 (23% in)
  • Never had I felt this, never had I experienced it, this yielding of a conscious mortal.
    Part 3 (23% in)
  • I understood all of it except for the mortal boy, the sleeping boy, whom I didn't understand at all.
    Part 3 (26% in)
  • And yet I made no move to return to the Hotel Saint-Gabriel, which seemed a very secure and airy place to me now, a place of subtle and luxurious mortal consolation where I might lie in a chair of puce velvet, put one foot on an ottoman and watch the fire lick the marble tile, looking for all the world to myself in the long mirrors like a thoughtful human.
    Part 3 (32% in)
  • It was a mortal,' I said now, more front instinct than conviction.
    Part 3 (33% in)
  • Claudia gleamed like a jewel in their midst; so would that mortal boy who slept below.
    Part 3 (36% in)
  • The voices of the others rose again, affected party voices, as they conferred with one another on the night's kills, describing this or that encounter without a smattering of emotion, challenges to cruelty erupting from time to time like flashes of white lightning: a tall, thin vampire being accosted in one corner for a needless romanticizing of mortal life, a lack of spirit, a refusal to do the most entertaining thing at the moment it was available to him.
    Part 3 (36% in)
  • A common mortal headache.
    Part 3 (37% in)
  • She was cold, unsatisfied, as I was cold and unsatisfied, teased by that mortal boy but unsatisfied.
    Part 3 (39% in)
  • ' But even as I said these words I felt my old conviction waver; I felt that torment I'd felt last night when she had taunted me about mortal passion.
    Part 3 (39% in)
  • I would not make a vampire of that boy there now if his life, which is so precious to me, were in serious danger, because he is too young, his limbs not strong enough, his mortal cup barely tasted: yet you bring with you this child.
    Part 3 (42% in)
  • I could see that mortal boy again as if he were not asleep on the bed but kneeling at Armand's side with his arms around Armand's neck.
    Part 3 (43% in)
  • 'I am mortal again,' I whispered to him.
    Part 3 (47% in)
  • A mortal Louis.
    Part 3 (47% in)
  • I believe I was laughing, putting my hands to my face and laughing so that the tears nearly rose in my eyes; and when I took my fingers down, there was the stain of the tears, tinged with mortal blood.
    Part 3 (47% in)
  • To be mortal and trivial and safe.
    Part 3 (48% in)
  • I could feel Claudia's strength, her will, and the mortal woman's eyes seemed afire with that same will.
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • And the soft, mortal woman had settled into one of the velvet chairs by the fire, with the rustling and iridescence of her taffeta dress surrounding her like part of the mystery of her, of her dispassionate eyes which watched us now, the fever of her pale face.
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • (r)h, I remember perfectly what mortal vision was, the dimness of it, and how the vampire's beauty burned through that veil, so powerfully alluring, so utterly deceiving!
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • Snatching me from mortal hands like two grim monsters in a nightmare fairy tale, you idle, blind parents!
    Part 3 (50% in)
  • Six more mortal years, seven, eight ....
    Part 3 (50% in)
  • And there they were together, a tender mortal crying unstintingly now, her warm arms holding what she could not possibly understand, this white and fierce and unnatural child thing she believed she loved.
    Part 3 (51% in)
  • And if I had not felt for her, this mad and reckless woman flirting with the damned, if I had not felt all the sorrow for her I felt for my mortal self, I would have wrested the demon thing from her arms, held it tight to me, denying over and over the words I'd just heard.
    Part 3 (51% in)
  • She hated me, she loathed me, as she herself had confessed, and my heart shriveled inside me, as if, in depriving me of that love which 'had sustained me a lifetime, she had dealt me a mortal blow.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • 'If you were a mortal man; man and monster!' she said angrily.
    Part 3 (55% in)
  • She never dreamed what the mortal man in me was, how tormented I was by the blood I'd only just drunk.
    Part 3 (56% in)
  • 'If you were a mortal man; man tend monster!' she said angrily.
    Part 3 (59% in)
  • She never dreamed what the mortal man in me was, how tormented I was by the blood I'd only just drunk.
    Part 3 (59% in)
  • 'It's mortal death, only mortal death,' I said to her gently.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • 'It's mortal death, only mortal death,' I said to her gently.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • ...and vampire nature in which Claudia could have instructed so much more easily than I, if she had ever showed the desire to take the lead-that outside these rooms, where nightly I was reassured with soft kisses and contented looks that the hateful passion which Claudia had shown once and once only would not return that outside these rooms, I would find that I was, according to my own hasty admission, truly changed: the mortal part of me was that part which had loved, I was certain.
    Part 3 (65% in)
  • Not a wild, mortal fear, but something cold like a hook in may side. fear-it was the old town house burning in the Rue Royale, Lestat in the attitude of sleep on the burning floor.
    Part 3 (66% in)
  • But I realized it was a hollow mortal clicle6.
    Part 3 (70% in)
  • But wasn't it so for mortal fathers?
    Part 3 (70% in)
  • I wish I had the artist's power to bring alive for you the Venice of the fifteenth century, my master's palace there, the love I felt for him when I was a mortal boy, and the love he felt for me when he made me a vampire.
    Part 3 (72% in)
  • If I knew a mortal of that sensitivity, that pain, that focus, I would make him a vampire in an instant.
    Part 3 (73% in)
  • And my own mortal brother, Paul: how dismally, mortally I had disappointed him!
    Part 3 (74% in)
  • Had I been mortal I would have been content to sleep there.
    Part 3 (79% in)
  • And in that drowsy, comfortable state I had a strange, habitual mortal feeling, that the sun would wake me gently later and I would have that rich, habitual vision of the ferns in the sunshine and the sunshine an the droplets of rain.
    Part 3 (79% in)
  • I'd passed its long facade a thousand times, wishing that I could live as a mortal man for one day to move through those many rooms and see those many magnificent paintings.
    Part 3 (97% in)

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