One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Wemmick's cottage is the quintessence of the Victorian home’
perfect example, exemplar, prototype, stereotype, picture, epitome, embodiment, personification, paragon, ideal
best, cream, elite, flower, jewel, gem, pick, prime, last word, acme of perfection
crème de la crème, beau idéal
2‘they wanted to know how our brains function and thereby discover the quintessence of intelligence’
essence, soul, spirit, ethos, nature, core, heart, centre, crux, nub, nucleus, kernel, marrow, pith, substance, sum and substance
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