In the stormy fluctuation of his feelings these words of hers seemed to him cruelly neutral, and he looked pale and miserable after his angry outburst.
Some slipped a little downward, some got higher footing: people denied aspirates, gained wealth, and fastidious gentlemen stood for boroughs; some were caught in political currents, some in ecclesiastical, and perhaps found themselves surprisingly grouped in consequence; while a few personages or families that stood with rocky firmness amid all this fluctuation, were slowly presenting new aspects in spite of solidity, and altering with the double change of self and beholder.
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Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.