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They want more fenders, more breasting- ropes; they want more springs, more shackles, more fetters; they want to make ships with volatile souls as motionless as square blocks of stone.
Would that volatile mind, that inconstant heart, be likely to be fixed for a moment, even were it to gaze upon an angel?
But as to his mother she is not as volatile as all that.
It may be mentioned that, once the run of a piece had begun, he was sufficiently volatile, and in private life he was almost excessively so--a fact which had been noted at an early date by the keen-eyed authorities of his University, the discovery leading to his tearing himself away from Alma Mater by request with some suddenness.
The world is mind precipitated, and the volatile essence is forever escaping again into the state of free thought.
the mud of Paris is particularly stinking; it must contain a great deal of volatile and nitric salts.
On such occasions his eyes protruded more than ever, and his face had more than ever the appearance of being covered with a thin crackling skin, through which every flush of his volatile blood showed itself instantly.
She resigned no domestic function to her daughter; and the matron's blooming good-natured face, with the two volatile pink strings floating from her fine throat, and her cheery manners to husband and children, was certainly among the great attractions of the Vincy house--attractions which made it all the easier to fall in love with the daughter.
For once our volatile and exuberant spirits are hopelessly subdued.
Lady Lundie, my dear, prostrate in her own room--too much sal volatile.
Mrs Kenwigs was so overpowered by this supposition, that it needed all the tender attentions of Miss Petowker, of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to restore her to anything like a state of calmness; not to mention the assiduity of Mr Kenwigs, who held a fat smelling- bottle to his lady's nose, until it became matter of some doubt whether the tears which coursed down her face were the result of feelings or SAL VOLATILE.
This appears an astonishing instance of the permanence of some matter, which nevertheless in its nature must be most subtile and volatile.