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  • What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
  • intractable pain
  • an intractable disposition
  • intractable metal

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  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • Bulls which had always been tractable suddenly turned savage,
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He had not the most tractable pupils, however.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • for he held a tractable, well-broken horse as unworthy of a lad of spirit.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • In order to render me more tractable, he brought me to this country house.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • This is to say that just as Wild Country becomes tractable, and Badlands country slowly gives way to habitable Fringes country, so, it would seem, are the Blacklands contracting within the Badlands.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids

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  • tractable obedience
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • thou shalt find me tractable to any honest reason
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • If thou dost find him tractable to us,
    Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The question of race was like the power of the moon in my house..., but it was a silent power, intractable, indomitable, indisputable, and thus completely ignorable.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • ...which generally makes for a criminal and intractable nature.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • the intractable ferocity of his captive
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • if he were trying to explain it to an intractable and unpredictable child:
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • By dark he’d ridden eleven of the sixteen horses. Not all of them so tractable.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Nathaniel, for all his intractable habits, has nothing on me when it comes to...
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • He would call when he completed the Theorem, which led him back to it and the seemingly intractable III Anomaly.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • It was well known what an intractable problem this was in the first years of fighting, particularly in Manchuria, when it might happen that two of every three men were stricken and rendered useless for battle.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Maybe your work would improve if your general attitude were more tractable.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • As I was sitting with you I had an idea of a possible solution to a problem that was beginning to appear quite intractable.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • …this bright dower and the considerable effort I had put forth in exploiting it, I was still unable to find a girl who would go to the dark gods with me, seemed now—as I lay abed feverish, poring over Life and smarting with the image of Leslie Lapidus chattering at me in the dawn’s defeated light—a morbid condition which, however painfully, I should regard as a stroke of dirty fate, as people accept any ghastly but finally bearable disability such as an intractable stammer or a harelip.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Keating had acquired a sharp, intractable manner in the last few years.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I never heard any harm of her; and I dare say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The spirit which served her was growing intractable: she could neither lay nor control it.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He was, too, very learned, and rational enough on all points which did not relate to his treasure; but on that, indeed, he was intractable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Well, I took him in hand, and in one fortnight I had him tamed down as submissive and tractable as heart could desire.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Aouda fastened her great eyes, "clear as the sacred lakes of the Himalaya," upon him; but the intractable Fogg, as reserved as ever, did not seem at all inclined to throw himself into this lake.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Someone young, tractable.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • That you’re intractable.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She had always been tractable but now she became thoughtful too.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • About this time, a beautiful little foal, a son of the onager, was added to our stud, and as he promised to grow up strong and tractable, we soon saw how useful he would be.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • She had volunteered—naively, as she would admit—to help these boys on the field and off, unaware of the scope and intractability of their difficulties: post-traumatic stress, poverty, parental neglect in some cases, grief, shattered confidence, and, in more than one instance, simple anger at having to live the way they did.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • When he looked about him for another and a less intractable damsel to immortalize in melody, memory produced one with the most obliging readiness.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "Oh, now I have hit it," said Don Quixote; "thou wouldst say thou art so docile, tractable, and gentle that thou wilt take what I say to thee, and submit to what I teach thee."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "I understand you well," said my master: "it is now very plain, from all you have spoken, that whatever share of reason the Yahoos pretend to, the Houyhnhnms are your masters; I heartily wish our Yahoos would be so tractable."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Perhaps, he thought, the explosives could clear up obstacles more intractable than a road covered with rocks.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Mihailov again tried to say that that was how he understood Pilate, but his lips quivered intractably, and he could not pronounce the words.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • While the men were milking the boys would take turns in riding the tractable mare round the field.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I know my Ellen—haughty, intractable; shall I say, just a shade unforgiving?
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She could hardly believe her senses—so good-natured and tractable had he invariably been.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Mrs Durbeyfield was only too delighted at this tractability.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • …unfortunate they might have been had they fallen into their hands, who would not only kill them as enemies, but also for food, as we do cattle; and indeed so much did this nauseate their stomachs, that it not only made them very sick, but more tractable to the common necessary business of the whole society, planting, sowing, and reaping, with the greatest signs of amity and friendship; so, that being now all good friends, we began to consider of circumstances in general; and the first…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And—nor so strange to report as it may appear to be—though a ploughman of the troubled waters, life-long contending with the intractable elements, there was nothing this honest soul at heart loved better than simple peace and quiet.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "Then it appears to me that Sergeant Troy does not concern us here," she said, intractably.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Some of them are unmannered, rough, intractable, as well as ignorant; but others are docile, have a wish to learn, and evince a disposition that pleases me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Ambiades had gotten himself into an intractable difficulty whether he knew it or not.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
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