Ada Smailbegovic´

from Of the Dense
and the Rare


There is a limit of dense and rare that cannot be passed, but not in any body known to us. Gold by being beaten out is immensely dilated, as in gold-leaf; so likewise by being drawn out silver-leaf is made, but not to such an exquisite fineness as gold. The other metals also are dilated by being beaten out into leaf and thin plates. Wax and the like are pressed and molded into thin coats. A drop of ink in a pen is dilated to form many letters; as also paints and varnish are dilated by a pencil or brush.