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He remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern.
  having or revealing little emotion — especially under circumstances others would find exciting
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  • He remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern.
  • A fleeting expression crossed the Special’s impassive face—annoyance mixed with suspicion.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • His eyes were flat and impassive.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • "That means you want the long answer," he said, his voice impassive, not reacting at all to my curt tone.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • I envisioned her as the wise sage, sitting in a rocking chair, impassively pouring the moving details of her life into my waiting tape recorder...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The ARVNs who hadn’t already left watched us impassively.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • The god looked up impassively.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Mr. K’s face was impassive.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I sat cross-legged on one of the beds and tried to look devout and impassive like some businessmen I once saw watching an Algerian belly dancer,
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • She picked them up, cradling them in her open hand as she worked through them, her expression moving from impassive to curious to, at one shot of Elinor sprawled on the floor, somewhat horrified.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen

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  • Fang glanced over at me, his face smooth and impassive, though I could almost feel the anticipation rolling off his feathers.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • On the face of his youngest was the brilliant, impassive look he remembered from when she had snatched her love letters out of his hands.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I looked at Monica, who was staring out the window, her face impassive as always.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He keeps the process going, however, impassively but carefully unearthing the shabby traces of the recent past.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • BRADY is left alone on stage with DRUMMOND, who still watches him impassively.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • The walls of Blackcliff rise around us like impassive sentinels.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And though I’ve now been at Kent’s house five times in six days I feel disoriented, confused by the bright bathroom light and Juliet’s impassive face and the sounds of the party coming through the door.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • She looked up at me impassively, then back down.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A dozen Iron Sisters gazed back, impassive and silent.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Maloney did all the talking while Wong looked at me impassively.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Chronicler stood impassively throughout the introduction, watching Bast as if he were a snake.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The Chancellor narrowed his eyes slightly as he assessed Wells’s impassive face.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • His face was impassive, expectant.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Will, his face impassive, was staring straight ahead of him at some unseen point.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He flinched when the spray struck his face, then stood impassively, eyes closed, as black water swirled at his feet.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She could never be sure what thoughts were hidden behind that impassive face, but she had learned to recognize the sudden stiffening of his jaw muscles that meant she had said something shocking.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The guards at the door just watched, their faces impassive.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Denny gave her an impassive stare.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • She tries her best to look impassive.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I close my eyes quickly, overwhelmed by the thought of my mother, writhing, and a dozen scientists in lab coats watching, scribbling impassively on notepads.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "We git ’im back, Mama," Ethel said impassively.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • At the door to the courtyard the matron turned, erect and impassive, back along the corridor.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I kept my face impassive.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Impassively Floss smoked and waited for her to continue.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The faces of the boys are impassive.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I boosted myself onto the side of the table, trying to look impassive.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Firemen leaned off the ladder trucks, looking up towards the Temple of Dendur; cops stood tensely shoulder to shoulder, impassive in the rain.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Cal stands to his father’s right, his face still and impassive.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • AS HE SAT SHACKLED TO THE SEAT of the police van on the way back from Napa, Nicholas Jenks watched the impassive eyes of the patrolman across from him.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I looked around and up at Mr. Cunningham, whose face was equally impassive.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Coin stays as impassive as ever, watching me, unimpressed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The drug dealer listened impassively through his lecture but didn’t retaliate or argue with his strange-seeming neighbor.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • This, Mr. Wandati would bear in silence, looking impassively past her shoulder at the window.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Carries on with an impassive countenance.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The woman remains impassive, but I catch the flicker of surprise on the man’s face.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The old man continued to watch him impassively.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • ’Martin is one of us,’ said O’Brien impassively.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He spoke impassively, in a weary drawl.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He leaned back, put his finger-tips together, and assumed his most impassive and judicial expression.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Ron stared at Hermione, but her face was quite impassive.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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