It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable
beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.
Our ordinary distinctions become so trifling, so impalpable
, so ridiculously visionary, in comparison with a classification founded on truth, that all talk about the matter is immediately a common place.
He spoke of the value of all he read into it, into the mere sight of the walls, mere shapes of the rooms, mere sound of the floors, mere feel, in his hand, of the old silver-plated knobs of the several mahogany doors, which suggested the pressure of the palms of the dead the seventy years of the past in fine that these things represented, the annals of nearly three generations, counting his grandfather's, the one that had ended there, and the impalpable
ashes of his long-extinct youth, afloat in the very air like microscopic motes.
But injustice breeds injustice; the fighting with shadows and being defeated by them necessitates the setting up of substances to combat; from the impalpable
suit which no man alive can understand, the time for that being long gone by, it has become a gloomy relief to turn to the palpable figure of the friend who would have saved him from this ruin and make HIM his enemy.
Scanty grass took the place of the fine trees of the east; only a few belts of half-scorched herbage still contended against the invasion of the sand, and the huge rocks, that had rolled down from the distant summits, crushed in their fall, had scattered in sharp-edged pebbles which soon again became coarse sand, and finally impalpable
But this noise did not even reach our deaf man, and this great multitude, of which he saw hardly anything, and of which he heard nothing, though it was marching and moving so near him, produced upon him the effect of a rabble of dead men, mute, impalpable
, lost in a smoke.
Met by this difficulty historians of that class devise some most obscure, impalpable
, and general abstraction which can cover all conceivable occurrences, and declare this abstraction to be the aim of humanity's movement.
They veers so far from time and place that, although most of them related to our country and epoch, I could not imagine anything approximate from them; and Hawthorne himself seemed a remote and impalpable
agency, rather than a person whom one might actually meet, as not long afterward happened with me.
Great rocks were strewn in every direction as far as the eye could see, lying partially embedded in an impalpable
dust that rose in clouds about him at every step.
As they stepped cautiously within an impalpable
dust arose in little spurts from the long rotted rushes that crumbled beneath their feet.
Imagine, further, this sand to be invisible, impalpable
, yet to retain all the weight and density of sand.
Here and there nebulous masses like large flakes of starry snow; and from the zenith to the nadir, an immense ring formed by an impalpable
dust of stars, the "Milky Way," in the midst of which the sun ranks only as a star of the fourth magnitude.
Nevertheless, we must believe that the strata undermined by the waters of this ancient strait, were broken u into huge fragments, and these lying scattered on the beach were reduced first to smaller blocks, then to pebbles an lastly to the most impalpable
mud, which the tides drifte far into the Eastern or Western Ocean.
Yes, there was something between them, something hard and impalpable
, the ghost of these high walls.
And I heard--him--it--this voice--other voices--all of them were so little more than voices--and the memory of that time itself lingers around me, impalpable
, like a dying vibration of one immense jabber, silly, atrocious, sordid, savage, or simply mean, without any kind of sense.