One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Indeed, the key to Panting's success was mercuriality; he could shift from innocent charm to cruel cynicism in an instant, and could handle easily the play's abrupt shifts from comedy to tragedy.’
- ‘But Bazzana is conscious of dealing with an extraordinary individual, one whose extraordinariness was bound up with his mercuriality and multiplicity.’
- ‘In her final paragraph on the poem, which reveals the rhetorical if not ‘wilful’ quality of her incomprehension, Forrest-Thomson captures this mercuriality, whilst rightly stressing movement ‘upwards’.’
- ‘But their mercuriality is such that, sensed as one would a painter's or a poet's style, the cinematographic quality becomes that of an imperious form overlying assertions and contradictions.’
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