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  • He knew what would happen if he drank this spice drug with its quintessence of the substance that brought the change onto him.

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  • These stories were viewed as quintessential—as defining, in some way—and every family member, including Stem’s three-year-old, had heard them told and retold and embroidered and conjectured upon any number of times.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Ted was also the quintessential outdoorsman.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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