Few women had tried more earnestly to pierce the accretions
in which body and soul are enwrapped.
In any science other than psychology the datum is primarily a perception, in which only the sensational core is ultimately and theoretically a datum, though some such accretions
as turn the sensation into a perception are practically unavoidable.
She had no fear of the shadows; her sole idea seemed to be to shun mankind--or rather that cold accretion
called the world, which, so terrible in the mass, is so unformidable, even pitiable, in its units.
The immense accretion
of flesh which had descended on her in middle life like a flood of lava on a doomed city had changed her from a plump active little woman with a neatly-turned foot and ankle into something as vast and august as a natural phenomenon.
of pains and inconveniences, which grows by geometrical accretion