He has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials
hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.
You know, madame, how suddenly I snatched him from those phials
which he so imprudently touched?
Here, on a shelf, were a multitude of phials
, half-filled with old apothecaries' stuff, which, when the other half had done its business on Peter's ancestors, had been brought hither from the death chamber.
A table was now spread with phials
, boxes of salve, and divers surgical instruments.
They watched him take his phials
out; they watched him measure the particles of white powder; they watched him add drops of one precious liquid, and drops of another; they lost not the slightest movement; their eyes were riveted upon him with a fascination that nothing could distract.
This cell, with the exception, possibly, of some glass phials
, relegated to a corner, and filled with a decidedly equivocal powder, which strongly resembled the alchemist's "powder of projection," presented nothing strange or mysterious.
That evening when he went home, he looked at his phials
to see how a process of maceration was going on, with undisturbed interest; and he wrote out his daily notes with as much precision as usual.
Here he rummaged about in the dark until he had found the two phials
The person who requires so much typographic space was at this time occupying an area five feet six in length by thirty-six inches in width in a bed, his head adorned with a cotton night-cap tied on by flame-colored ribbons; attended by Despleins, the King's surgeon, and young doctor Bianchon, flanked by two old female relatives, surrounded by phials
of all kinds, bandages, appliances, and various mortuary instruments, and watched over by the curate of Saint-Roch, who was advising him to think of his salvation.
No sign of occult art is to be seen, unless the bundles of dried herbs hanging to the rack and in the ingle and the row of labelled phials
on one of the shelves betoken it.
The whole of one side of the laboratory was taken up with a large chimney, crucibles, ovens, and such implements as are needed for chemical experiments; tables, loaded with phials
, papers, reports, an electrical machine,--an apparatus, as Monsieur Darzac informed me, employed by Professor Stangerson to demonstrate the Dissociation of Matter under the action of solar light--and other scientific implements.
The bar window displayed a choice collection of geranium plants, and a well-dusted row of spirit phials