Like exceptional emphasis in the tone of a genius, that which would have made mediocrity ridiculous was an addition to recognised power.
There are no more uses of "mediocrity" in the book.
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I know women whose entire personas are woven from a benign mediocrity.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
But after a time their unrelenting mediocrity palled, and I became weary of the sameness of the job, weary too of chain-smoking and the smog-shrouded view of Manhattan, and of pecking out such callous reader’s reports as the following, which I have salvaged intact from that dry and dispiriting time.