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The House of Mirth
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  • Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
  • She was smaller and thinner than Lily Bart, with a restless pliability of pose, as if she could have been crumpled up and run through a ring, like the sinuous draperies she affected.

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as in: a pliable individual Define
susceptible to being led or directed or less commonly: able to adjust readily to different conditions
as in: a pliable material Define
capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
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