mettle, mettell (n.) 1
spirit, temperament, disposition
Ham I.i.96 [Horatio to Marcellus and Barnardo, of young Fortinbras] Of unimproved mettle hot and full
JC I.i.61 [Flavius to Marullus, of the people] See where their basest mettle be not moved
JC I.ii.293 [Brutus to Cassius, of Casca] He was quick mettle when he went to school
JC I.ii.306 [Cassius alone, of Brutus] Thy honourable mettle may be wrought / From that it is disposed
JC IV.ii.24 [Brutus to Lucilius] hollow men, like horses hot at hand, / Make gallant show and promise of their mettle
KL I.i.69 [Regan to Lear] I am made of that self mettle as my sister
Mac I.vii.73 [Macbeth to Lady Macbeth] thy undaunted mettle should compose / Nothing but males
R2 I.ii.23 [Duchess of Gloucester to John of Gaunt] That mettle ... that fashioned thee [F; QQ mettall]

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