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.