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    #1

    quicksilvers

    Hi,

    My question may not be directedly about English as a language, but more about cultural background.

    Could anyone help me? Thank you.

    "Why did good things always seem to happen to the quicksilvers of this world?"

    I have googled "quicksilvers", but just can't find anything that seems fit in this sentence.

    What does quicksilvers in this sentence mean?
    What's the point of this sentence?

    Thank you for your kind help.

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    Re: quicksilvers

    What is the context of this statement? As you probably saw, quicksilver is another word for mercury (the liquid metal, not the planet) but I haven't seen it used as a metaphor before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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