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Usage examples for spleen

  1. You are mistaken; it is a very ancient notion, and it is the only function which is ascribed to the spleen in our animal organization. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  2. I believe we great geniuses are all a little subject to the sorcery of that whimsical demon the spleen, which indeed we cannot complain of, considering what power of enchantment we ourselves possess, by the sweet magic of our flowing numbers. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
  3. He there touched the wrong chord in Napoleon's nature: had he appealed to the memories of le grand monarque and of Montcalm, possibly he might have bent that iron will; but the mention of the consent of the French deputies roused the spleen of the autocrat, who, from amidst the scented water, mockingly bade his brother go into mourning for the affair, which he, and he alone, intended to carry out. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  4. The thymus and spleen form the core of the body's immune system. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  5. Though, even here- in that infernal fortress yonder where I suffer incredibly from le spleen- I laugh when I am by myself, and when the face and voice of Brunow present themselves to my memory. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  6. Timaeus avails himself of this advantage, which Philistus truly enough affords against himself in his zealous and constant adherence to the tyranny, to vent his own spleen and malice against him. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  7. Clare, you must know this is all a fit of spleen; your duty and your interest- marriage is sacred, Clare. – The Fugitive (Third Series Plays) by John Galsworthy
  8. " A peremptory command to get up, when one's sleep is as yet unfinished, is a command which grinds the soul, curdles the blood, swells the spleen, destroys all good intentions, and disturbs all day the mental activities, just as the tornado disturbs and levels with advancing ruin the forest of mighty pines.... – A New Medley of Memories by David Hunter-Blair
  9. Never mind him, Mr. Marplot, he is eat up with Spleen. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  10. But Walter Wade was one of those happy spirits who enjoy a joke- even at their own expense- and, perceiving that his new acquaintances meant no further mischief, than the indulgence in a little idle badinage, he repressed his incipient spleen; and replied in the same jocular and satirical strain. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  11. " Well," said the other woman, who was long and lean, and had wedded late in life a man she would have scorned in her girlhood, and could not forgive the wrong she had done herself, and was filled with an inconsistency of spleen toward all younger and fairer than she, and who, moreover, was a born toad- eater for all in high places, " 'tis fine feathers make fine birds, and were thy Cate arrayed in that same gown in Mistress Cavendish's stead-" " As I believe, she would not have had the dress had not Cate told Cicely Hyde, who is so intimate with Mary Cavendish," said my Lady Culpeper. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins
  12. Yes, but you must not forget that he exhausted all his spleen on an article in the morning paper. – Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  13. The sincere sentiment of equality with themselves which these two ladies evinced by their behavior to him, and the same conduct being adopted by Miss Dorothy and her beautiful niece, besides the evident partiality of Euphemia, altogether inflamed the spleen of Miss Dundas, and excited her coterie to acts of the most extravagant rudeness. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  14. Taking up the hapless heather, she throws it on the ground, and, in a fit of childish spleen, lays her foot upon it and tramples it out of all recognition. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  15. But her spleen was manifest. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  16. She remembers on the instant all his narrow spleen toward the one now gone. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  17. Yet the Governments of the day might have applied to him Addison's words- " In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow; Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee"- and esteemed themselves happy when Punch smiled upon them. – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  18. This still further roused the spleen of Sailen and his party. – Stories from Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  19. I think he would have stepped down then and there and eased his spleen, but Messer Folco, as his way was ever, wished to improve the occasion by making a speech. – The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
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