She let the fingertips of one hand rest on the railing, a narrow hand ending the straight imperious line of her arm.
These children had filthy clothes and smudged faces, agile little bodies, impertinent grins, and eyes bright with a roaring, imperious, demanding intelligence.
It was her mouth that had changed most, he thought; the lips were drawn in, with only a pale edge of flesh left around the imperious line of their opening; a mouth to issue orders, he thought, but not big orders or cruel orders; just mean little ones—about plumbing and disinfectants.
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She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
People don’t generally warm to her. She comes across as imperious.