- A judge of horses and a sportsman, he had lately procured himself a large, fine, mettlesome, Donets horse, dun-colored, with light mane and tail, and when he rode it no one could outgallop him.
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- The Trials are a test of my mettle.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
- But I will say, too, that for every man who showed no fear or hesitance, there were three or four or five others whose mettle was as unashamedly wan and mortal as yours or mine.
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Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life