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    Human solvent

    Hello,

    I am having difficulties understanding what a human solvent means. Can anybody help me?

    The spectacle of grief in any human face is afflicting, but in a face as aged and resigned as this old man's--I turned away in remorse the moment
    the question was out of my lips; emotion is a human solvent and a sort of friendliness had sprung up between us.

    Walter de la Mare, All Hallows, 1927

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Human solvent

    Emotion can "dissolve" (remove) differences between people.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Human solvent

    A human solvent would be sulfuric acid.

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    Re: Human solvent

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A human solvent would be sulfuric acid.
    I don't think they mean that kind of solvent, but I'm sure you're right.

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