It is known for a fact that frequent fights took place between the husband and wife, but rumor had it that Fyodor Pavlovitch did not beat his wife but was beaten by her, for she was a hot-tempered, bold, dark-browed, impatient woman, possessed of remarkable physical strength.
In answer to one question, he sketched his brother’s character as that of a man, violent-tempered perhaps and carried away by his passions, but at the same time honorable, proud and generous, capable of self-sacrifice, if necessary.
"Don’t be ill-tempered with my brother.
"So you see, sir, who it is hell’s for," said Andrey, whipping up the left horse, "but you’re like a little child …. that’s how we look on you …. and though you’re hasty-tempered, sir, yet God will forgive you for your kind heart."
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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.