Either it was one of those up-quivering flashes of the spirit, to which minds in an abnormal
state are liable, or else the artist had subtly touched some chord that made musical vibration.
By dint of superhuman effort, and putting such a seal upon their lips as never mortals put before, the two girls succeeded in keeping their wonderful news to themselves; although it was obvious to all beholders that they were in an extraordinary and abnormal
state of mind.
Whereas, in this historic narrative, everything else will be normally explained, however abnormal
the course of events may seem, I can not give the reader expressly to understand what the Persian meant by the words, "It is some one much worse than that
Rather, as there was something abnormal
and misbegotten in the very essence of the creature that now faced me--something seizing, surprising and revolting-- this fresh disparity seemed but to fit in with and to reinforce it; so that to my interest in the man's nature and character, there was added a curiosity as to his origin, his life, his fortune and status in the world.
The opportunities of acquiring an abnormal
thirst had been here limited.
I noticed then the abnormal
shortness of their legs, and their lank, clumsy feet.
I was ashamed (even now, perhaps, I am ashamed): I got to the point of feeling a sort of secret abnormal
, despicable enjoyment in returning home to my corner on some disgusting Petersburg night, acutely conscious that that day I had committed a loathsome action again, that what was done could never be undone, and secretly, inwardly gnawing, gnawing at myself for it, tearing and consuming myself till at last the bitterness turned into a sort of shameful accursed sweetness, and at last--into positive real enjoyment
Similarly those abnormal
psychic states which are not inborn, but arise from the concomitance of certain other elements, and are difficult to remove, or altogether permanent, are called qualities, for in virtue of them men are said to be such and such.
Shortly after this last occurrence--I think the very next day--I began to be aware of a phase in my abnormal
sensibility, to which, from the languid and slight nature of my intercourse with others since my illness, I had not been alive before.
His endeavors to arouse me from the condition of abnormal
gloom into which I had fallen, were frustrated, in great measure, by certain volumes which I had found in his library.
Lansing struck Vogelstein, even after he had made all allowance for the abnormal
homogeneity of the American mass, as really considerable.
This brings us to another point, more difficult to accept and understand than any other requiring belief in a base not usually accepted, or indeed entered on--whether such abnormal
growths could have ever changed in their nature.