’What a demd rum fellow you are, Nickleby,’ said the gentleman, ’the demdest, longest-headed, queerest-tempered old coiner of gold and silver ever was—demmit.’
Nicholas and the good-tempered man found so many things to talk about, that between conversing together, and cheering up the boys, the time passed with them as rapidly as it could, under such adverse circumstances.
At Eton Slocomb there was a good coach dinner, of which the box, the four front outsides, the one inside, Nicholas, the good-tempered man, and Mr Squeers, partook; while the five little boys were put to thaw by the fire, and regaled with sandwiches.
’As the guard has gone on horseback to Grantham to get another coach,’ said the good-tempered gentleman when they had been all sitting round the fire, for some time, in silence, ’and as he must be gone a couple of hours at the very least, I propose a bowl of hot punch.
’I thought you had gone to sleep,’ said Sir Mulberry, reappearing with an ill-tempered air.
’She is indeed, sir,’ replied Mrs Nickleby; ’she is the sweetest-tempered, kindest-hearted creature—and so clever!’
’I would if I could,’ said he of the good-tempered face; ’for I hold that in this, as in all other cases where people who are strangers to each other are thrown unexpectedly together, they should endeavour to render themselves as pleasant, for the joint sake of the little community, as possible.’
Of all the tractable, equal-tempered, attached, and faithful beings that ever lived, I believe he was the most so.
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If you had only given me some hint, if you had only broken your word with me a couple of times, if you had been bad-tempered or impatient with me—if you had been a lesser man, maybe I could have taken what I saw you doing.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
For the rest of the day, I’m short-tempered and distracted.