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When Smulders writes of Meynell's use of a transmutational trope, she discusses the ways in which Meynell negotiates with the cultural inheritance embodied in her father, in literary forebears like John Dryden, and in "the cultural progenitors of the ideology of war" ("Feminism" 170).
By their patterns of dis-and re-equilibriability these force structures entail the factual transmutational processuality that we know in chemistry.
Furthermore, not only was there general acceptance of the fundamentals of alchemical theory, but various members of the academic community showed an active interest in transmutational alchemy, often in combination with iatrochemistry.