The count's tutor, a man of the world and a bon vivant, up to his eyes in learning, as his pupil described him, often recalled the profound erudition, the witty and caustic
satire of Athos to Raoul; but as regarded grace, delicacy, and nobility of external appearance, no one in these points was to be compared to the Comte de la Fere.
He had a caustic
tongue and fine assortment of damaging epithets, most of which were levelled at my devoted skull during those three months.
I am very amiable and have a caustic
wit," continued Prince Andrew, "and at Anna Pavlovna's they listen to me.
By means of a few words of caustic
Latin he had the animals marshalled, and by inclining a sharp shoulder he lifted the ladies.
They are both present passions of mine, and I may say of the 'Dona Perfecta' of Galdos that no book, if I except those of the greatest Russians, has given me a keener and deeper impression; it is infinitely pathetic, and is full of humor, which, if more caustic
than that of Valdes, is not less delicious.
There were two things to be done then-- first, to replace the absorbed oxygen; secondly, to destroy the expired carbonic acid; both easy enough to do, by means of chlorate of potassium and caustic potash.
A sufficient quantity of chlorate of potassium and of caustic potash was placed at his disposal, together with provisions for eight days.
But Captain Nicholl hastened to remedy this state of things, by placing on the floor several receivers containing caustic
potash, which he shook about for a time, and this substance, greedy of carbonic acid, soon completely absorbed it, thus purifying the air.
He was that terrible type, the Silly Cynic, his aim a caustic
commentary on all things and all men, his achievement mere vulgar irreverence and unintelligent scorn.
Mr Flintwinch, after scraping his chin, and looking about with caustic
disparagement of the Pig- Market, nodded to Arthur, and followed.
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