1 Better far that your bones should bleach in this wilderness than that you should prove to be that little speck of decay which in time corrupts the whole fruit.
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2 As I am here beside you, barefoot, unclothed, undistinguishable in darkness, so must I lie through all the night of my decay, until I am dust.
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3 But the wife of Front-de-Boeuf, for whom it had been originally furnished, was long dead, and decay and neglect had impaired the few ornaments with which her taste had adorned it.
4 Misfortune had struck them gracefully, cutting off their erratic histories with a catastrophic dash, instead of, as with many, attenuating each life to an uninteresting meagreness, through long years of wrinkles, neglect, and decay.
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5 The night air was heavy with the smell of damp and decay.
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6 The house was invisible from the road, but the surroundings all spoke of gloom and decay.
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7 And I shall have to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been profoundly affected by these changes.
8 This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come languor and decay.
9 But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay.
10 Clearly, at some time in the Long-Ago of human decay the Morlocks' food had run short.
11 I even tried a Carlyle-like scorn of this wretched aristocracy in decay.
12 In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands of centuries.
13 I became acquainted with the science of anatomy, but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.
14 Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay and forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses.
15 I saw, with surprise and grief, the leaves decay and fall, and nature again assume the barren and bleak appearance it had worn when I first beheld the woods and the lovely moon.