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  • Mercurial, quicksilver—whatever she felt in each moment was the world.†   (source)
  • Under the punishment inflicted by the Council his mercurial spirit had fallen low and he had become the apathetic wretch the sight of whom had so much shocked Bigwig.†   (source)
  • Who knew that my extroverted, mercurial, overcaffeinated boyfriend would be so patient, so capable, and so resourceful?†   (source)
  • He's ....mercurial.†   (source)
  • Arthur Lee was known for his "mercurial temperament."†   (source)
  • He was in a mercurial Hastings temper, and a halter and chain looped over his bridle barely restrained him.†   (source)
  • Neither would she give the satisfaction of being confused by his mercurial mood changes.†   (source)
  • His moods are as black as my own at times and his temper just as mercurial.†   (source)
  • He is cruel and mercurial.†   (source)
  • Then, mercurially, as though he'd read the letter, by God, for the last time in his life, he stuffed it like so much excelsior into its envelope.†   (source)
  • Observers have described Charlestonians as vainglorious, obstinate, mercurial, verbose, xenophobic, and congenitally gracious.†   (source)
  • Once out of the trees, the driveway dipped sharply and they could see the broad, mercurial Genesee River, and, right up against the river, on the nearer bank, the high, many-gabled house.†   (source)
  • He was as mercurial and unpredictable as the English history course he taught.†   (source)
  • I was famous among my roommates for my mercurial mood-swings.†   (source)
  • Numbers of physicians and ordinary citizens performed heroically, doing all they could for the stricken, and no one more so than Rush, though whether his ministrations—his insistence on "mercurial purges" and "heroic bloodletting"—did more good than harm became a subject of fierce controversy.†   (source)
  • Sedgwick had fulfilled his obligations as administrative head with a mercurial visit to the island at the end of November.†   (source)
  • Herman Blake, a black professor at the college who had been born on a sea island further up the coast, was the mercurial, driving force behind the program; he devised it, implemented it, and was the strong shaft that supported the experiment in the early days and nurtured it past the stormy and vehement disapproval of the island troll, Ted Stone.†   (source)
  • Goethe presents the masculine guide in Faust as Mephistopheles—and not infrequently the dangerous aspect of the "mercurial" figure is stressed; for he is the lurer of the innocent soul into realms of trial.†   (source)
  • "A mercurial product," Rinaldi said.†   (source)
  • And then, after explaining to the newspapers about a reported double drowning at Big Bittern, he seized his own blue-banded straw hat, some two sizes too large for him, and hurried down the hall, only to encounter, opposite the wide-open office door of the district attorney, Zillah Saunders, spinster and solitary stenographer to the locally somewhat famous and mercurial Orville W. Mason, district attorney.†   (source)
  • An ordinary barometer would not have answered the purpose, as the pressure would increase during our descent to a point which the mercurial barometer [1] would not register.†   (source)
  • My way led through Pleasant Meadow, an adjunct of the Baker Farm, that retreat of which a poet has since sung, beginning,— "Thy entry is a pleasant field, Which some mossy fruit trees yield Partly to a ruddy brook, By gliding musquash undertook, And mercurial trout, Darting about."†   (source)
  • Mr. Van der School was a well-educated man, but of slow comprehension, who had imbibed a wariness in his speeches and actions, from having suffered by his collisions with his more mercurial and apt brethren who had laid the foundations of their practice in the Eastern courts, and who had sucked in shrewdness with their mother's milk.†   (source)
  • Yet, although if occasion demanded he could do or think a thing with as mercurial a dash as can the men of towns who are more to the manner born, his special power, morally, physically, and mentally, was static, owing little or nothing to momentum as a rule.†   (source)
  • Most often jovial, she has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to WILLY'S behavior—she more than loves him, she admires him, as though his mercurial nature, his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him, longings which she shares but lacks the temperament to utter and follow to their end.†   (source)
  • Mercurial Malachi.†   (source)
  • (He upturns his eyes) Mercurial Malachi†   (source)
  • and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all tha†   (source)
  • They are expressed in the most plain and simple terms, wherein those people are not mercurial enough to discover above one interpretation: and to write a comment upon any law, is a capital crime.†   (source)
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