With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
But the trouble was the blank incongruity of this serenity and the swift death flying yonder, not two miles away.
That night was a beautiful serenity; save for one planet, the moon seemed to have the sky to herself.
The Ripley gunners, unseasoned artillery volunteers who ought never to have been placed in such a position, fired one wild, premature, ineffectual volley, and bolted on horse and foot through the deserted village, while the Martian, without using his Heat-Ray, walked serenely over their guns, stepped gingerly among them, passed in front of them, and so came unexpectedly upon the guns in Painshill Park, which he destroyed.
It may be that in the larger design of the universe this invasion from Mars is not without its ultimate benefit for men; it has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence, the gifts to human science it has brought are enormous, and it has done much to promote the conception of the commonweal of mankind.
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While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
She remained serene even when he was yelling at her.