1 A man made out of a coarse material, which seemed to have been stretched to make so much of him.
2 Fact, fact, fact, everywhere in the material aspect of the town; fact, fact, fact, everywhere in the immaterial.
3 Time went on in Coketown like its own machinery: so much material wrought up, so much fuel consumed, so many powers worn out, so much money made.
4 Our history must needs retrograde for the space of a few pages, to inform the reader of certain passages material to his understanding the rest of this important narrative.
5 My dear man, it allows the material premiss; so does the pure mind.
6 So, like a demure arcadian field-marshal, Hilda arranged the material part of the journey.
7 It was as if his very passivity and prostitution to the Magna Mater gave him insight into material business affairs, and lent him a certain remarkable inhuman force.
8 If that be all your difficulty, I will furnish you with paper and every other material, and you may write your letter whenever you choose.
9 Their departure made another material change at Mansfield, a chasm which required some time to fill up.
10 The intimacy thus begun between them was a material advantage to each.
11 To be at an early certainty is a material object.
12 Mr. Crawford would have fully acquitted her conduct in refusing him; but this, though most material to herself, would be poor consolation to Sir Thomas.
13 They had each had money, but their marriages had made a material difference in their degree of consequence.
14 Now you are to understand, that time had worked a very material change in Mr Elliot's opinions as to the value of a baronetcy.
15 It was a worn whisper, dry and papery, and it brushed so distinctly across the ear that, by the accustomed, the material minutiae in which it originated could be realized as by touch.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 1: 6 The Figure against the Sky