Lodestone

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Lodestone

A variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity.
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By means of this loadstone, the island is made to rise and fall, and move from one place to another.
The Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck.
He, however, darted not the less quickly toward Milady, yielding to that magnetic attraction which the loadstone exercises over iron.
As truly as the loadstone draws iron towards it, so he, lying at the bottom of his grave, could draw me near him when he would.
Whilst we speak the loadstone is withdrawn; down falls our filing in a heap with the rest, and we continue our mummery to the wretched shaving.