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compose
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • The donkeys swayed again, the cows—their horns falling about their heads—moved a little, and the kings and shepherds regained their usual lack of composure.
    p. 177.3

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  • Some "Sky Harbor," I thought—and wandered off, composing a traveler's letter of complaint in my mind.
    p. 592.3
  • My mother stopped the car and hugged him, and kissed him, and told him he was always welcome to come with us, anywhere we went; and I rather awkwardly put my arm around him, and we just sat that way in the car, until he had composed himself sufficiently for his return to 80 Front Street, where he marched in the back door, past Lydia's room and the maids fussing in the kitchen, up the back stairs past the maids' rooms, to my room and my bathroom, where he closed himself in and drew a...
    p. 80.4
  • The gray granite edifice of Hurd's Church, which was so plain it might have been a Registry of Deeds or a Town Library or a Public Water Works, seemed to have composed itself around old Mr. Scammon's gouty limp and his sepulchral features.
    p. 119.6
  • Mr. Fish, perhaps to compose himself, was humming the tune to a familiar Christmas carol.
    p. 204.6
  • The Rev. Mr. Merrill composed himself.
    p. 215.2
  • THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF THE HEADMASTER, THE DEAN OF STUDENTS, THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FOUR MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY—ONLY TWO OF WHOM ARE ELECTED BY THE WHOLE FACULTY; THE OTHER TWO ARE APPOINTED BY THE HEADMASTER.
    p. 337.3
  • On the first page of his book, Colonel Summers tells a story about President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in 1945, when the Allied powers were trying to decide the composition of the postwar world.
    p. 365.3
  • And since class rank in ROTC is composed of excellence in Academics, in Leadership, and in Physical Fitness, Owen Meany—just that simply—failed to get a number-one ranking; his choice of a "combat arms designator" was, therefore, not assured.
    p. 472.2
  • Occasionally, she would surprise us with a salad—the dressing for which was composed of too much vinegar and the same cheap olive oil she had employed in her assault of the onion.
    p. 478.7
  • At Fort Huachuca, the Casualty Branch was composed of Second Lieutenant Paul 0.
    p. 505.5
  • He looked so awfully composed—he made us feel as if we'd never left school; of course, we hadn't.
    p. 507.3
  • Lewis Merrill was still there, the light still on in the vestry office; and now there was also light shining through the stained-glass windows of the chancel—that enclosed and meant-to-be-sacred space surrounding the altar of a church, where (no doubt) my father was composing his last words for Owen Meany.
    p. 562.7
  • After I finished packing—and I'd left Hester a check for my share of the rent for the rest of the summer—I still had time to kill, so I read parts of Owen's diary; I looked at the more disjointed entries, which were composed in a grocery-list style, as if he'd been making notes to himself.
    p. 567.2
  • Because I was a Wheelwright—and, therefore, a New England snob—I'd assumed that Phoenix was largely composed of Mormons and Baptists and Republicans; but the warrant officer's kinfolk were not what I'd expected.
    p. 592.7

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