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compose
used in Persuasion

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1  —8 uses as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • The same image of Mr Elliot speaking for himself brought Anne to composure again.
    Chapter 17 (86% in)
  • The surprise of finding himself almost alone with Anne Elliot, deprived his manners of their usual composure: he started, and could only say, "I thought the Miss Musgroves had been here: Mrs Musgrove told me I should find them here," before he walked to the window to recollect himself, and feel how he ought to behave.
    Chapter 9 (72% in)
  • Lady Russell had only to listen composedly, and wish them happy, but internally her heart revelled in angry pleasure, in pleased contempt, that the man who at twenty-three had seemed to understand somewhat of the value of an Anne Elliot, should, eight years afterwards, be charmed by a Louisa Musgrove.
    Chapter 13 (51% in)
  • She caught it instantaneously; and recovering her courage with the feeling of safety, soon added, more composedly, "Are you acquainted with Mr Elliot?"
    Chapter 21 (13% in)
  • Anne could perfectly comprehend the exquisite relief, and was only the more inclined to wonder at the composure of her friend's usual state of mind.
    Chapter 21 (91% in)
  • She must talk to Lady Russell, tell her, consult with her, and having done her best, wait the event with as much composure as possible; and after all, her greatest want of composure would be in that quarter of the mind which could not be opened to Lady Russell; in that flow of anxieties and fears which must be all to herself.
    Chapter 22 (4% in)
  • She must talk to Lady Russell, tell her, consult with her, and having done her best, wait the event with as much composure as possible; and after all, her greatest want of composure would be in that quarter of the mind which could not be opened to Lady Russell; in that flow of anxieties and fears which must be all to herself.
    Chapter 22 (4% in)
  • The comfort, the freedom, the gaiety of the room was over, hushed into cold composure, determined silence, or insipid talk, to meet the heartless elegance of her father and sister.
    Chapter 22 (85% in)

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  • Lady Russell's composed mind and polite manners were put to some trial on this point, in her intercourse in Camden Place.
    Chapter 16 (19% in)
  • They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
    Chapter 7 (88% in)
  • She endeavoured to be composed, and to be just.
    Chapter 12 (89% in)
  • When the distressing communication at Uppercross was over, and he had seen the father and mother quite as composed as could be hoped, and the daughter all the better for being with them, he announced his intention of returning in the same carriage to Lyme; and when the horses were baited, he was off.
    Chapter 12 (99% in)
  • She had only to submit, sit down, be outwardly composed, and feel herself plunged at once in all the agitations which she had merely laid her account of tasting a little before the morning closed.
    Chapter 23 (3% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" in Persuasion.

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