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composure
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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • "As for being a rascal, wait a little, Grigory Vassilyevitch," answered Smerdyakov with perfect composure.
  • "Will my brother Dmitri soon be back?" asked Alyosha with as much composure as he could.
  • The peasant was silently and slyly watching him, with insulting composure, and even a sort of contemptuous condescension, so Mitya fancied.
  • "Be calm, Dmitri Fyodorovitch," said the investigating lawyer evidently trying to allay Mitya’s excitement by his own composure.
  • I answered with the utmost composure that I hadn’t egged him on, that I simply stated the general proposition, had spoken hypothetically.
  • For the rest of the time he was struck, on the contrary, by Smerdyakov’s composure.
  • Smerdyakov queried with composure.
  • Smerdyakov’s eyes gleamed resentfully, his left eye winked, and he at once gave his answer, with his habitual composure and deliberation.
  • She expressed herself with composure, or at least tried to appear composed.
  • But before every one had completely regained their composure and recovered from this scene, it was followed by another.
  • "Why should I play with you, when I put my whole trust in you, as in God Almighty?" said Smerdyakov, with the same composure, only for a moment closing his eyes.
  • But the boys stared at him, stared at him for a whole minute, and then all the staring eyes turned at once and were fastened upon Kolya, who was still scanning the audacious boy with disdainful composure.
  • Grigory’s description of the scene at the dinner-table, when Dmitri had burst in and beaten his father, threatening to come back to kill him, made a sinister impression on the court, especially as the old servant’s composure in telling it, his parsimony of words and peculiar phraseology, were as effective as eloquence.
  • "I’m bound to admit the fact," Smerdyakov drawled with pedantic composure, "that I have a secret with Fyodor Pavlovitch in this business.
  • You don’t know in what need he is," Smerdyakov explained, with perfect composure and remarkable distinctness.
  • After listening attentively and respectfully Ivan went on, addressing the elder with perfect composure and as before with ready cordiality: "The whole point of my article lies in the fact that during the first three centuries Christianity only existed on earth in the Church and was nothing but the Church.

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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.
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