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In the heavy air of the room, and the heavy darkness that brooded in its remoter corners, I even had an alarming fancy that Estella and I might presently begin to decay.
In the general intellectual decay they still preserved their pristine clearness and strength of understanding.
I even tried a Carlyle-like scorn of this wretched aristocracy in decay.
Here is reality emerging from the unreal, spring renewing, love and beauty triumphant over death and decay.
The conditions fostering the growth of that supreme, alive excellence, as well in work as in play, ought to be preserved with a most careful regard lest the industry or the game should perish of an insidious and inward decay.
And ever since that long-gone day have the dead of this fabled land been carried to the Carrion Caves, that in death and decay they might serve their country and warn away invading enemies.
From the alighting board, instead of the former spirituous fragrant smell of honey and venom, and the warm whiffs of crowded life, comes an odor of emptiness and decay mingling with the smell of honey.
It was the mysterious, evil forest, a charnel house of silence, wherein naught moved save strange tiny birds--the strangeness of them making the mystery more profound, for they flitted on noiseless wings, emitting neither song nor chirp, and they were mottled with morbid colours, having all the seeming of orchids, flying blossoms of sickness and decay.
In whose likeness might I have recognised it before the decay set in?
He seized him boldly by the ear, but could not retain his hold because of the decay of his teeth, so that the boar escaped.
One of our generalizations is that every system founded upon class and caste contains within itself the germs of its own decay.
How sad to see the decay of the faculties with advancing age