In this regard Thompson follows the example of Yorick of Sterne's A Sentimental Journey, who wants to order his examples into their respective categories of idle, inquisitive, lying, proud, vain, splenetic
, delinquent, unfortunate, simple, and sentimental travelers.
As such, he is primarily a vehicle for Jacobson's splenetic
Outspoken indeed, and sweepingly splenetic
When Michael Hofmann's brilliant, splenetic
demolition of long-dead Austrian mediocrity Stefan Zweig appeared in the London Review of Books in 2010, it was met with a wave of befuddled indignation: Whence, demanded outraged Zweig admirers (!!), this animus?
Sir Ken, badly hampered at halfway, took the last a length adrift of Impney, but Molony had held on to his horse - "He was in a bad mood that day," said Molony of his occasionally splenetic
partner - and when he let Sir Ken go he responded admirably, digging deep, stretching out his neck and collaring Impney 100 yards from the line.
With steely resolve and gimlet eye, David Cameron moved decisively to take charge of the increasingly splenetic
debate surrounding Scotland's future.
It is a time of "splenetic
philosophy," illness or great mental suffering "familiar to every man," that "thus entirely depreciates those great objects of human desire, when in better health and in better humour, we never fail to regard ...
The Guardian described Griffith as a "radical film-maker whose splenetic
manner undermined his effectiveness." The Independent's obituary took a similar line.
His introductory video is all serenity and hope, a deceptively calm way for many voters to meet a splenetic
politician with a long history of slashing divisiveness and intolerance.
"Most recently he vented his anger with a splenetic
defense of atheism in The God Delusion, but now he has largely avoided rancor and has laid out the most striking evidence with such fascinating detail that the book is both scientifically exciting and completely convincing.
Additionally, he founded the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, which by all accounts is still thriving today, and was an indefatigable (if somewhat obsessive) polemicist who took on virtually all comers; those who raised his particular hackles included deep ecologists, neo-Malthusians, orthodox Marxists, and postmodernists, the latter written off with the memorable phrase "yuppie nihilists" in his splenetic
1995 work Re-enchanting Humanity.