One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘As we are about to leave, Michel presents us with a small packet of madeleines, the Proustian cake symbolic of the sweet excruciations of the past.’
- ‘The excruciation in my stomach was beyond any other pain I'd received in my life, yet the feeling of relief that it was me, not Joanna, who was experiencing this cancelled it out.’
- ‘Those who care about Plath know all this already; those who don't will only trade in their indifference for excruciation.’
- ‘Though it was a numb, lack-of-all sensation that laid claim to his body, it was far more merciful than the excruciation of the previous weeks.’
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