He never assumed this seriocomic tone when alone with Mrs. Pontellier.
Mrs. Pontellier was glad he had not assumed a similar role toward herself.
It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her.
But to her unaccustomed vision the stretch of water behind her assumed the aspect of a barrier which her unaided strength would never be able to overcome.
And his suggestions on the question of dress—which too often assumes the nature of a problem—were of inestimable value to his father-in-law.
That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.
Her older sister, Margaret, was matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she was practical.
The quadroon was following them with little quick steps, having assumed a fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion.
Even the kitchen assumed a sudden interesting character which she had never before perceived.
They chatted incessantly: about the things around them; their amusing adventure out in the water-it had again assumed its entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees, the people who had gone to the Cheniere; about the children playing croquet under the oaks, and the Farival twins, who were now performing the overture to "The Poet and the Peasant."
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It at once assumed the intimate character of a home, while she herself invested it with a charm which it reflected like a warm glow.
"There are so many inquisitive people and institutions abounding," said Arobin, "that one is really forced as a matter of convenience these days to assume the virtue of an occupation if he has it not."