Mother is—well, she is nervous and high strung and she hates scenes.
He was “high strung to high emprise,” and could not look behind him.
She is in a state of high strung opposition and emotion for some reason at present.
He was "high strung to high emprise," and could not look behind him.
De ladies was beautiful wid big black eyes an' sof' white han's, but dey was high strung, ...