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motley
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds of a thing — sometimes implying that the collection does not go well together and is of low quality
  • And he was not mistaken in assuming that the members of his motley circle of friends would at least get used to not getting used to one another.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (16% in)
  • Seated among the Germans and Swiss were bearded, elegant Russians, looking barbarically rich, and Dutchmen with traces of Malayan blood— all intermixed with a sprinkling of indeterminate sorts who spoke French and came from the Balkans or the Levant, a motley set of adventurers for whom Hans Castorp had a certain weakness but whom Joachim spurned as dubious and lacking in character.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (82% in)

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