opium


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an addictive narcotic extracted from seed capsules of the opium poppy

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What can she rise to, under any quantity of opium, higher than that!--Eh?'
At the chemist's the lank shopman sealed up a packet of powders for a coachman who stood waiting, and refused him opium with the same callousness with which the doctor's footman had cleaned his lamp chimneys.
She had the surest information that of late he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the farthest east of the City.
Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the brown opium smoke, and terraced with wooden berths, like the forecastle of an emigrant ship.
They could only have come from the old man at my side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his fingers.
In a very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes.
"He has died," says the surgeon, "of an over-dose of opium, there is no doubt.
There are some worthless articles of clothing in the old portmanteau; there is a bundle of pawnbrokers' duplicates, those turnpike tickets on the road of poverty; there is a crumpled paper, smelling of opium, on which are scrawled rough memoranda--as, took, such a day, so many grains; took, such another day, so many more-- begun some time ago, as if with the intention of being regularly continued, but soon left off.
So the sensation dies off for the time; and the unmoved policeman (to whom a little opium, more or less, is nothing), with his shining hat, stiff stock, inflexible great-coat, stout belt and bracelet, and all things fitting, pursues his lounging way with a heavy tread, beating the palms of his white gloves one against the other and stopping now and then at a street-corner to look casually about for anything between a lost child and a murder.
Here's a man unknown, proved to have been in the habit of taking opium in large quantities for a year and a half, found dead of too much opium.
As Dorian hurried up its three rickety steps, the heavy odour of opium met him.
What chemist sold him the powdered opium? Above all, where could he, a stranger to the district, hide a horse, and such a horse as this?
But just as he had tried opium, so his thought now began to turn upon gambling--not with appetite for its excitement, but with a sort of wistful inward gaze after that easy way of getting money, which implied no asking and brought no responsibility.
The opium and other goods we had on board would make it appear the ship had been at Bengal.
De Quincey was hardly less autobiographical when he wrote of Kant, or the Flight of the Crim-Tartars, than when he wrote of his own boyhood or the miseries of the opium habit.