I looked at her from time to time thinking: She has seen slavery, she has seen the Commune, she knows two continents, she has seen a civil war, the glory of the Second Empire, the horrors of two sieges; she has been in contact with marked personalities, with great events, she has lived on her wealth, on her personality, and there she is with her plumage unruffled, as glossy as ever, unable to get old: - a sort of Phoenix free from the slightest signs of ashes and dust, all complacent
amongst those inanities as if there had been nothing else in the world.
On that occasion the violence of the emotion was followed by a most paternal and complacent
The face of the little Catholic priest, which was commonly complacent
and even comic, had suddenly become knotted with a curious frown.
Behind the gold-rimmed spectacles of Master Bean there shone a softer look than usual, a look rather complacent
As substitutes, I had four angels, of Queen Anne's reign, taking a complacent
gentleman to heaven, in festoons, with some difficulty; and a composition in needlework representing fruit, a kettle, and an alphabet.
Catherine trembled at the emphasis with which he spoke, and sat pale and breathless, in a most humble mood, concerned for his children, and detesting old chests; and the general, recovering his politeness as he looked at her, spent the rest of his time in scolding his daughter for so foolishly hurrying her fair friend, who was absolutely out of breath from haste, when there was not the least occasion for hurry in the world: but Catherine could not at all get over the double distress of having involved her friend in a lecture and been a great simpleton herself, till they were happily seated at the dinner-table, when the general's complacent
smiles, and a good appetite of her own, restored her to peace.
A shrewd country-boy goes to the city for the first time, and the complacent
citizen is not satisfied with his little wonder.
His face, covered with pimples, was neither thoughtful nor even contemptuous; it wore an expression of complacent
satisfaction in demanding his rights and in being an aggrieved party.
His insufferable smile was more complacent
And with a complacent
sigh he would return to the drawing room.
Sometimes, when in a very complacent
mood, he would go a-birds'-nesting with the children, a thing that irritated and annoyed me exceedingly; as, by frequent and persevering attempts, I flattered myself I had partly shown them the evil of this pastime, and hoped, in time, to bring them to some general sense of justice and humanity; but ten minutes' birds'-nesting with uncle Robson, or even a laugh from him at some relation of their former barbarities, was sufficient at once to destroy the effect of my whole elaborate course of reasoning and persuasion.
On the little finger of each hand, thickly encrusted with dirt, was a diamond ring, on his thick, protruding lips a complacent
So far as Dede Mason was concerned, he possessed no more than a complacent
feeling of satisfaction in that he had a very nice stenographer.
Judge Blount ably seconded him, and Martin, whose ears had pricked at the first mention of the philosopher's name, listened to the judge enunciate a grave and complacent
diatribe against Spencer.
And his dear looked at him in all his imperturbable, complacent
self-consciousness of kindness, and saw herself the little rural school-teacher who, with Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Lord Byron as her idols, and with the dream of herself writing "Poems of Passion," had come up to Topeka Town to be beaten by the game into marrying the solid, substantial business man beside her, who enjoyed delight in the spectacle of cats and rats walking the tight-rope in amity, and who was blissfully unaware that she was the Robin Redbreast in a cage that put all heaven in a rage.