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  • Given the conditions, and given what Professor Lord calls the protean nature of the themes, we can no longer-take inconsistencies in the poems as proof of multiple authorship.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • /Good/ is almost as protean.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In peacetime the protean characteristics of the mountainscape meant nothing more than that parties of sportsmen lost their way and were forced to extend their food supply to cover a few extra days of walking.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The eyes themselves were of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same; which runs through many shades and colourings like intershot silk in sunshine; which is grey, dark and light, and greenish-grey, and sometimes of the clear azure of the deep sea.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf

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  • ’You can do a Protean Charm?’ said Terry Boot.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Why shouldn’t we all meet, as in some epic of protean gods and ordinary people, aloft, well-formed, shining? I said to my nun, "What does the Church say about heaven today?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Donald appeared not to see her at all, and answered her wise little remarks with curtly indifferent monosyllables, his looks and faculties hanging on the woman who could boast of a more Protean variety in her phases, moods, opinions, and also principles, than could Elizabeth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • …blood there in circulation it would make less frequent the chokings and other pains to which she was liable; besides, in the life of complete inertia which she led she attached to the least of her sensations an extraordinary importance, endowed them with a Protean ubiquity which made it difficult for her to keep them secret, and, failing a confidant to whom she might communicate them, she used to promulgate them to herself in an unceasing monologue which was her sole form of activity.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • We take one each, and when Harry sets the date of the next meeting he’ll change the numbers on his coin, and because I’ve put a Protean Charm on them, they’ll all change to mimic his.’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • She was so many-sided, so many-mooded—"protean-mooded" I called her.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf

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  • As Professor Lord puts it: "The theme is in reality protean; in the singer’s mind it has many shapes, all the forms in which he has ever sung it, although his latest rendering of it will naturally be freshest in his mind… And the shapes that it has taken in the past have been suitable for the song of the moment.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same
  • But it must not be forgotten that John Barleycorn is protean.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • But father insisted on pursuing his favorite phantom, and a protean phantom it was, judging from the jobs he worked at.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • But Danny was protean.
    London, Jack  --  The Night-Born
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