The sight of his composure had a disturbing effect on Lily; but to be disturbed was in her case to make a more brilliant effort at self-possession.
There was something unnerving in the contemplation of Mrs. Dorset’s composure, and she had to force the light tone in which she answered: "I tried to see you this morning, but you were not yet up."
It was the first time that she had faced her family since her return from Europe, two weeks earlier; but if she perceived any uncertainty in their welcome, it served only to add a tinge of irony to the usual composure of her bearing.
"Lily!" he exclaimed, with a note of despairing appeal; but—"Oh, not now," she gently admonished him; and then, in all the sweetness of her recovered composure: "Since I must find shelter somewhere, and since you’re so kindly here to help me——"
She continued to confront him with the same air of ironic composure.
Selden exclaimed, startled out of his composure by the abruptness of the statement.
Lily met the announcement with her usual composure, though her experience of Bertha’s idiosyncrasies would not have led her to include the neighbourly instinct among them; and Mrs. Gormer, relieved to see that she gave no sign of surprise, went on with a deprecating laugh: "Of course what really brought her was curiosity—she made me take her all over the house.
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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.