A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment—for the squirrel is such a choleric and humorous little personage, that it is hard to distinguish between his moods—so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.
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A choleric cop blew his top.
Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.