This little coterie of friends was composed of seven famous men, who possessed many talents in common, being poets and musicians, alchemists
, philosophers, and mostly hard drinkers as well.
So that it is in truth, of operation upon a man's mind, of like virtue as the alchemists
use to attribute to their stone, for man's body; that it worketh all contrary effects, but still to the good and benefit of nature.
I replied carelessly, and partly in contempt, mentioned the names of my alchemists
as the principal authors I had studied.
There are days when every stream is Pactolus and every man is Croesus, and thanks to that first and greatest of all alchemists
, the sun, the morning I write of was a morning when to breathe was gold and to see was silver.
They were regular alchemists
at Durham's; they advertised a mushroom-catsup, and the men who made it did not know what a mushroom looked like.
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists
of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
He gave a history of the long dynasty of the alchemists
, who spent so many ages in quest of the universal solvent by which the golden principle might be elicited from all things vile and base.
It was a pursuit like unto that of the Universal Solvent of the mediaeval alchemists
If Mr Dorrit had wanted supper, there was an Italian cook and there was a Swiss confectioner, who must have put on caps as high as the Pope's Mitre, and have performed the mysteries of Alchemists
in a copper- saucepaned laboratory below, before he could have got it.
And, in fine, of false sciences I thought I knew the worth sufficiently to escape being deceived by the professions of an alchemist
, the predictions of an astrologer, the impostures of a magician, or by the artifices and boasting of any of those who profess to know things of which they are ignorant.
This, according to the big brother, was the dwelling-place of an alchemist
"old and grey with a long beard.
On the other side of the house, old Roger Chillingworth arranged his study and laboratory: not such as a modern man of science would reckon even tolerably complete, but provided with a distilling apparatus and the means of compounding drugs and chemicals, which the practised alchemist
knew well how to turn to purpose.