(1) George Orwell once described England as a protean creature, stretching ceaselessly into the past, forever changing, forever the same.(2) It is a protean creature, an uncertain character capable of fluctuating under pressure.(3) But if reality has become porous and unstable, Rushdie is not simply celebrating the protean , metamorphic nature of things.(4) Becky, as director and actor have conceived her, is a protean character who seems to alter with each costume change.(5) These served to introduce a group of works from the 1940s, mainly not exhibited at the Addison, but characteristic of the protean , notoriously late blooming painter's many guises.(6) We are all in search of ways of approaching this protean subject; neither metaphor alone nor purely mechanistic interpretations take us very far.(7) The boundaries of its, and its historians ├ö├ç├û, concerns have been flexible, even protean .(8) The differential diagnosis of the mild seroconversion illness is protean and, without a high index of suspicion and a history indicating relevant risk behaviours or factors, the diagnosis may be missed.(9) Sexuality appears to be a protean , shifting concept because it is instantiated at multiple levels.(10) Rembrandt was a protean artist, creating a Shakespearean range of subject and mood in his paintings, drawings and etchings.(11) Its capacity to straddle different genre classifications is mirrored in the protean life that it has enjoyed through stage, film and musical adaptations.(12) Such contradictions generally enhance the text, for they present an attractive protean self, one willing to learn and change when confronted with new knowledge.(13) However, I am pursuing a different sense of the protean term Machiavellian in what follows.(14) His protean ability to assume different roles in his poems is often described as theatrical.(15) Born in 1948, he remains for many the heir to Gabin and Belmondo, a versatile, protean actor whose rugged looks are belied by his sensitivity and talent.(16) Augustine is a protean thinker, a man whose major works range so widely as to defy the summary and commentary we can present for Athanasius.