He had seen himself, a young and silent-mannered priest, entering a confessional swiftly, ascending the altarsteps, incensing, genuflecting, accomplishing the vague acts of the priesthood which pleased him by reason of their semblance of reality and of their distance from it.
There are no more uses of "semblance" in the book.
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Embarrassed as she was, she tried to maintain some semblance of dignity.
The substitute teacher had to battle to maintain even a semblance of order.