self-possession


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She moved slowly across the room to the place at which Lady Janet was sitting, and addressed her respectfully with perfect self-possession of manner.
The self-possession which Grace had maintained from the moment when she had entered the dining-room, seemed now, for the first time, to be on the point of failing her.
Blanche's self-possession, resolutely as she struggled to preserve it, was not strong enough to keep her eyes from turning toward Geoffrey with an expression which betrayed the reluctant interest that she now felt in him.
But somehow her self-possession matched very well little Fyne's invariable solemnity.
Fyne said, "You had better go," with an air as if her self-possession had been pricked with a pin in some secret place.
He spoke with perfect kindness and self-possession of manner -but in fewer and more serious words than usual; and he held his wife's hand tenderly in his own all through the interview.
I did not use to think her wanting in self-possession, but she had not quite enough for the demands of yesterday.
By that time all had recovered their self-possession, and there was nothing out of the common to attract his attention.
He had violent passions, and on occasion desire seized his body so that he was driven to an orgy of lust, but he hated the instincts that robbed him of his self-possession.
While Stern offers an illuminating psychological reading of The Morgesons, Ryan compares Emily Dickinson's lyrics of hunger to Stoddard's treatment of self-starvation and self-possession in her novel.
Their look, their self-possession, even tracks of their music played before the first of their three sold-out L.