a number so large as to be uncountable. Represented by 8, frequently obtained by 'dividing' by zero.
..... Click the link for moreinformation. of tentacles, like an octopus with innumerable feet, some of them in the veins and others, very thin, in the smaller blood vessels Blood vessels
Tubular channels for blood transport, of which there are three principal types: arteries, capillaries, and veins. Only the larger arteries and veins in the body bear distinct names. . Little by little it pulled out those feet, with the resultthat Don Damian turned cold and pallid pal·lid
1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
3. . His hands grew cold first, then his arms and legs, while his face became so deathly death·ly
1. Of, resembling, or characteristic of death: a deathly silence.
2. Causing death; fatal.
1. Inthe manner of death.
..... Click the link for more information. white that the change was observed by the people who stood around his bed. The nurse, alarmed, said it was time to send for the doctor. The soul heard her, and thought: "I'll have to hurry, or the doctor will make me stay in here till I burn to a crisp."
It was dawn. A faint trickle of light came in through the window toannounce the birth of a new day. The soul, peering out of Don Damian's mouth, which was partly open to let in a little air, noticed the light and told itself that if it hoped to escaped it would have to act promptly, because in a few minutes somebody would see it and prevent it from leaving its master's body. The soul of Don Damian was quite ignorant about certain matters: for instance, it had no ideathat once free it would be completely invisible.
There was a rustling of skirts around the patient's luxurious bed, and a murmur murmur /mur·mur/ (mur´mer) [L.] an auscultatory sound, particularly a periodic sound of short duration of cardiac or vascular origin.
anemic murmur a cardiac murmur heard in anemia. of voices which the soul had to ignore, occupied as it was in escaping from itsprison. The nurse came back into the room with a hypodermic syringe hypodermic syringe
A syringe with a calibrated barrel, plunger, and tip, used with a hypodermic needle for hypodermic injections and for aspiration. in her hand.
"Dear God, dear God," the old housemaid cried, "don't let it be too late."
It was too late. At the precise moment that the needle punctured punc·ture
v.punc·tured, punc·tur·ing, punc·tures
1. To pierce with a pointed object.
2. To make (a hole) by piercing.
3. To cause to collapse by piercing. Don Damian's forearm forearm /fore·arm/ (for´ahrm) antebrachium; the part of the arm between elbow and wrist.
The part of the arm between the wrist and the elbow. , the soul drew its last tentacles out of is mouth, reflecting as itdid so that the injection would be a waste of money. An instant later there were cries and running footsteps, and as somebody - no doubt the housemaid, since it could hardly have been Don Damian's wife or mother-in-law - began to wail at the bedside, the soul leaped into the air, straight up to the Bohemian glass Bohemian glass
Decorative glass made in Bohemia from the 13th century. In theearly 17th century, Caspar Lehmann, gem cutter to Rudolf II in Prague, perfected the technique of gem engraving on glass. lamp that hung in the middle of the ceiling. There it collected its wits and looked down: Don Damian's corpse was now a spoiled yellow, with features almost as hard and transparent as the Bohemian glass; the bones of his face seemed to have grown, and his skin had taken on a...