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compose
used in The Poisonwood Bible

4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • Several days later, once Father had regained his composure and both his eyes, he assured me that Mama Tataba hadn't meant to ruin our demonstration garden.
    Book 1 — Genesis (46% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in The Poisonwood Bible.

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  • This is what I most admire about Father: no matter how bad things might get, he eventually will find the grace to compose himself.
    Book 1 — Genesis (47% in)
  • Ripe fruits, acrid sweat, urine, flowers, dark spices, and other things I've never even seen—I can't say what goes into the composition, or why it rises up to confront me as I round some corner hastily, unsuspecting.
    Book 2 — Revelation (0% in)
  • I was allowed to spend two weeks with him there on the wind-swept plain, mostly waiting in the strange vacancy of a cold apartment, trying to compose cordial things to say to the other wives.
    Book 3 — Judges (5% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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