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capricious
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
  • And all this was to have come ... in the shape of an old gentleman's caprice.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (19% in)
caprice = impulsive action
  • Your sex is capricious, you know.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (42% in)
  • Certainly any one remembering the fact might think that Mrs. Vincy had the air of a very handsome good-humored landlady, accustomed to the most capricious orders of gentlemen.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (83% in)
  • Now Mr. Casaubon had been deprived of that superiority (as anything more than a remembrance) in a sudden, capricious manner.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (36% in)
  • She is ready prey to any man who knows how to play adroitly either on her affectionate ardor or her Quixotic enthusiasm; and a man stands by with that very intention in his mind—a man with no other principle than transient caprice, and who has a personal animosity towards me—I am sure of it—an animosity which is fed by the consciousness of his ingratitude, and which he has constantly vented in ridicule of which I am as well assured as if I had heard it.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • They say Fortune is a woman and capricious.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (5% in)
  • Fred did not enter into formal reasons, which are a very artificial, inexact way of representing the tingling returns of old habit, and the caprices of young blood: but there was lurking in him a prophetic sense that evening, that when he began to play he should also begin to bet—that he should enjoy some punch-drinking, and in general prepare himself for feeling "rather seedy" in the morning.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (36% in)

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