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constraint
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The House of Mirth
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  • The stir of the pulses which his nearness always caused was increased by a slight sense of constraint.
  • It was the one subject which enabled him to forget himself, or allowed him, rather, to remember himself without constraint, because he was at home in it, and could assert a superiority that there were few to dispute.
  • She glanced shyly at Lily, asking in an embarrassed tone how she felt; Lily answered with the same constraint, and raised herself up to drink the tea.
  • The memory of Mrs. Fisher’s hints, and the corroboration of his own impressions, while they deepened his pity also increased his constraint, since, whichever way he sought a free outlet for sympathy, it was blocked by the fear of committing a blunder.
  • He was too much in earnest now to feel any false constraint in speaking his mind.
  • The tinge of constraint was beginning to be more distinctly perceptible under the friendly ease of his manner.
  • Selden’s entrance had caused Lily an inward start of embarrassment; but his air of constraint had the effect of restoring her self-possession, and she took at once the tone of surprise and pleasure, wondering frankly that he should have traced her to so unlikely a place, and asking what had inspired him to make the search.

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  • Both sides have demonstrated a lack of constraint in the discussions.
  • We want constraints on her power to spend taxpayer funds.

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