The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes
, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
Behind his counter he was a superior being, calmly conscious of special knowledge and worth; outside he was a weak-kneed, purblind, motorman-cursed rambler, with ill-fitting clothes stained with chemicals and smelling of socotrine aloes
and valerianate of ammonia.
I am off, to cultivate the field of public indigestion with the triple plowshare of aloes
, scammony and gamboge.
Might there not be an irresistible desire to quaff a last, long, breathless draught of the cup of wormwood and aloes
, with which nearly all her years of womanhood had been perpetually flavoured.
Ye love-smitten host, know that to Dulcinea only I am dough and sugar-paste, flint to all others; for her I am honey, for you aloes
There is cultivated in the king's garden at Paris, a species of serpentine aloes
without prickles, whose large and beautiful flower exhales a strong odour of the vanilla, during the time of its expansion, which is very short.
I saw large plants of aloes
, but did not understand them.
I found myself in a large, vaulted room, lighted by tapers, scented with aloes
and ambergris, standing in golden candle-sticks, whilst gold and silver lamps hung from the ceiling.
In mercy I put a bullet through his skull, and he fell sprawling among the aloes
He saw that there was no mood of the mind that had not its counterpart in the sensuous life, and set himself to discover their true relations, wondering what there was in frankincense that made one mystical, and in ambergris that stirred one's passions, and in violets that woke the memory of dead romances, and in musk that troubled the brain, and in champak that stained the imagination; and seeking often to elaborate a real psychology of perfumes, and to estimate the several influences of sweet-smelling roots and scented, pollen-laden flowers; of aromatic balms and of dark and fragrant woods; of spikenard, that sickens; of hovenia, that makes men mad; and of aloes
, that are said to be able to expel melancholy from the soul.
They will not thank me for reminding them of a tune so lately epidemic in that land of aloes
and blue skies; but at least it is unlikely to run in their heads as the ribald accompaniment to a tragedy; and it does in mine.
There were two great aloes
, in tubs, on the turf outside the windows; the broad hard leaves of which plant (looking as if they were made of painted tin) have ever since, by association, been symbolical to me of silence and retirement.