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She views him as phlegmatic and dull, but I think of him as steady and unflappable.
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  • She views him as phlegmatic and dull, but I think of him as steady and unflappable.
  • Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  --  The Sirens of Titan
  • No sign of astonishment appeared on Emil’s phlegmatic face.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Phlegmatic.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • He was a bit shorter and distinctly more stocky and fleshed out than Nathan, and of course he was older, resembling his brother in an arresting way; yet the difference between the two was quickly apparent, for where Nathan was all nervous energy, volatile, unpredictable, Larry was calm and soft-spoken, almost phlegmatic, with a reassuring manner which may have been part of his doctor’s make-up but which I really think was due to some essential solidity or decency of character.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skilfully represented on canvas.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Bombing his own men and planes was more than even the most phlegmatic observer could stomach, and it looked like the end for him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Quincey Morris was phlegmatic in the way of a man who accepts all things, and accepts them in the spirit of cool bravery, with hazard of all he has at stake.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A tear moistened the eye of the phlegmatic Englishman.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Thenardier, masterful and phlegmatic, cauterized the scruple with this saying: "Jean Jacques Rousseau did even better!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • She said "Good morning, Miss," in her usual phlegmatic and brief manner; and taking up another ring and more tape, went on with her sewing.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This amiable and phlegmatic animal had stood calmly chewing the cud, while package after package was disposed on her broad back, nor did she now object even to this noisy addition to her load.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "Be enlightened!" said Athos, phlegmatically.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Though they were very unlike-even physically, York being tall and phlegmatic, whereas the Texan was a short young man with foxy brown eyes animating a compact, cute little face-they found they shared at least one firm opinion: the world was hateful, and everybody in it would be better off dead.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "Any trade doing here?" he asked phlegmatically, designating the village in his van by a wave of the broadsheet.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ’Your praiseworthy sense of personal dignity has given way,’ remarked Bazarov phlegmatically, while Arkady was hot all over, and his eyes were flashing.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • It transported its great, lumbering bulk with more than railroad speed, and set itself phlegmatically down on whatever spot she glanced at.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The PLAYER is phlegmatic.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • But that is just how it is, sometimes, especially in cases like the present one, with the decisions of the most precise and phlegmatic people.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The red and white herd nearest at hand, which had been phlegmatically waiting for the call, now trooped towards the steading in the background, their great bags of milk swinging under them as they walked.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But Melekhin was known for his heavy sense of humor, and the doctor imagined that twenty years of working on reactors allowed him and the captain to view the potential dangers phlegmatically.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • They took the piece as phlegmatically as did the actors themselves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • As this was a great deal for the carrier (whose name was Mr. Barkis) to say — he being, as I observed in a former chapter, of a phlegmatic temperament, and not at all conversational — I offered him a cake as a mark of attention, which he ate at one gulp, exactly like an elephant, and which made no more impression on his big face than it would have done on an elephant’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • With speed born of terror, the normally phlegmatic Gooch Fraser sprinted from the room without a single wasted motion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Suddenly, at the moment when the superintendent’s assistants were preparing to execute Charmolue’s phlegmatic order, he threw his leg over the balustrade of the gallery, seized the rope with his feet, his knees and his hands; then he was seen to glide down the facade, as a drop of rain slips down a windowpane, rush to the two executioners with the swiftness of a cat which has fallen from a roof, knock them down with two enormous fists, pick up the gypsy with one hand, as a child would…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I beseech you, be not so phlegmatic.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Ed, who for a cowboy was somewhat phlegmatic, calmly made ready for another attempt.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • No sign of astonishment appeared on Emil’s phlegmatic face.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Everything in this man’s manner revealed a calm and phlegmatic temperament.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • "As I am a sinner," exclaimed Asa, usually one of the most phlegmatic of the youths, "the girl is blown away by the wind!"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The dark, heavy form of Mrs. Jett could be discerned in the flickering light of fire; contrary to her usual phlegmatic action, she was moving with a celerity that spoke eloquently of the nature of that departure.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • If Gyp had had a tail he would doubtless have wagged it, but being destitute of that vehicle for his emotions, he was like many other worthy personages, destined to appear more phlegmatic than nature had made him.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Instead I get a glimpse of the sweet, engaging girl who chose to marry a phlegmatic computer programmer from Minnesota instead of the rich heir to a Texas oil fortune her mom had picked out for her.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • To which Don Quixote very deliberately and phlegmatically replied, "Fair damsel, at the present moment your request is inopportune, for I am debarred from involving myself in any adventure until I have brought to a happy conclusion one to which my word has pledged me; but that which I can do for you is what I will now mention: run and tell your father to stand his ground as well as he can in this battle, and on no account to allow himself to be vanquished, while I go and request…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • From the first, says a recent literary historian, they have been "less phlegmatic, less conservative than the English.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "Ay, this is well enough for a young woman who is frightened," answered the more phlegmatic parent; "but it might not be so excusable in one in command of an expedition.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • This grave, sententious, silent person, as phlegmatic as an Englishman on the French stage, was named Hans Bjelke.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Do you think, consul, that this phlegmatic gentleman resembles, feature by feature, the robber whose description I have received?
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "May I ask what that was?" said the Englishman with an expression of curiosity, which a close observer would have been astonished at discovering in his phlegmatic countenance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The temperament of the welkin passed from the phlegmatic to the sanguine; an excellent harvest was almost a certainty; and as a consequence prices rushed down.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • On Elizabeth-Jane’s arrival she had been phlegmatically asked by an elderly woman to go upstairs and take off her things.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Pyotr Ilyitch was by no means phlegmatic at that moment.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • She had a phlegmatic temperament, and her condition did not seriously inconvenience her.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Nately stared at her covertly from his over-stuffed yellow armchair, marveling at the bored, phlegmatic strength with which she accepted the mass rejection.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The tall and phlegmatic Lord Ingram leans with folded arms on the chair-back of the little and lively Amy Eshton; she glances up at him, and chatters like a wren: she likes him better than she does Mr. Rochester.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This is the mode in which they manage these things, and succeed in Eastern climes, where there are grave and phlegmatic persons who care very little for the questions of time in conjunctures of importance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Athos recognized his comrade, and phlegmatic as he was, he burst into a laugh which was quite excused by the strange masquerade before his eyes—petticoats falling over his shoes, sleeves tucked up, and mustaches stiff with agitation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • After these tender contests and her victory she would go away by herself under the remotest cow, if at milking-time, or into the sedge or into her room, if at a leisure interval, and mourn silently, not a minute after an apparently phlegmatic negative.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The phlegmatic gentleman listened to her, apparently at least, with coldness, neither his voice nor his manner betraying the slightest emotion; but he seemed to be always on the watch that nothing should be wanting to Aouda’s comfort.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • My wild, mad, and incoherent speeches continued until we rejoined our patient and phlegmatic guide.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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