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  • ’What do you recommend, father,’ asked Louisa, her reserved composure not in the least affected by these gratifying results, ’that I should substitute for the term I used just now?
  • She clung to him as she should have clung to some far better nature that day, and was a little shaken in her reserved composure for the first time.
  • Louisa looked, in part incredulous, in part frightened, in part overcome with quick sympathy, when this man of so much selfcommand, who had been so plain and steady through the late interview, lost his composure in a moment, and now stood with his hand before his face.

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  • After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
  • During all this time he was evidently struggling for composure.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility

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