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decorum
used in Light in August

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Definition
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
  • Lena ate heartily again, with that grave and hearty decorum, almost going to sleep in her plate before she had finished.
    Chapter 4 (38% in)
  • He watched her eat, again with the tranquil and hearty decorum of last night's supper, though there was now corrupting it a quality of polite and almost finicking restraint.
    Chapter 1 (74% in)
  • 'I et polite,' she thinks, her hands lying upon the bundle, knowing the hidden coins, remembering the single cup of coffee, the decorous morsel of strange bread; thinking with a sort of serene pride: 'Like a lady I et.
    Chapter 1 (88% in)
  • Some of the other workers were family men and some were bachelors and they were of different ages and they led a catholic variety of lives, yet on Monday morning they all came to work with a kind of gravity, almost decorum.
    Chapter 2 (41% in)
  • This was the second messenger; it was in 1863, and the messenger was eating breakfast in the kitchen, bolting his food with decorous celerity.
    Chapter 11 (51% in)
  • So when the caravan reached town it had something of that arrogant decorum of a procession behind a catafalque, the sheriffs car in the lead, the other cars honking and blatting behind in the sheriff's and their own compounded dust.
    Chapter 13 (22% in)
  • When they crossed the square the church bells were ringing, slow and peaceful, and along the streets the decorous people moved sedately beneath parasols, carrying Bibles and prayerbooks.
    Chapter 13 (32% in)
  • The poker game ran quietly through that day, broken by the periodical patrols, while the quiet church bells rang and the congregations gathered in decorous clumps of summer colors.
    Chapter 19 (60% in)
  • The train stopped: the slow aisle, still interrupted with, outlooking, then the descent among faces grave, decorous, and judicial: the voices, the murmurs, the broken phrases kindly yet still reserved of judgment, not yet giving and (let us say it) prejudicial.
    Chapter 20 (73% in)

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