How was it related to the indolent serenity
of the beautiful Upper-worlders?
I discovered, however, that there was a certain serenity
of eye, and freshness of complexion, most pleasing to behold.
She received this announcement with serenity
and with no apparent sense that after all it would be becoming of her to say that I ought to see the rooms first.
We have learned to go through the lingering routine of the table d'hote with patience, with serenity
, with satisfaction.
That merry scamp's face whose beaming had so often restored serenity
to the priest's sombre physiognomy, was now powerless to melt the gloom which grew more dense every day over that corrupted, mephitic, and stagnant soul.
Besides this the general opinion of all who had known him previously was that he had greatly improved during these last five years, having softened and grown more manly, lost his former affectation, pride, and contemptuous irony, and acquired the serenity
that comes with years.
It seemed to her that there was something almost satanic in the smile which alone disturbed the serenity
of his face.
Woodford concluded his account of the episode with a statement to the effect: "What especially struck me was the absence of pain and terror in their faces, which seemed to express, rather, serenity
and repose"--this, mind you, of men and women of his own race whom he knew well and who had sat at dinner with him in his own house.
The man paced placidly along with the apple- wood emblem of serenity
between his teeth.
But who could read what I had read, who could feel what I now felt, and still maintain an undisturbed serenity
of look and manner?
And through it all, with a serenity
and certitude that was terrifying, continued to rise the form of that monster of the ages, the Oligarchy.
Splendid trees reared their stately tops where splendid cathedrals once had reared their domes, and sweet wild flowers blossomed in simple serenity
in soil that once was drenched with human blood.
There is the "Sea of Serenity
," over which the young girl bends; "The Lake of Dreams," reflecting a joyous future; "The Sea of Nectar," with its waves of tenderness and breezes of love; "The Sea of Fruitfulness;" "The Sea of Crises;" then the "Sea of Vapors," whose dimensions are perhaps a little too confined; and lastly, that vast "Sea of Tranquillity," in which every false passion, every useless dream, every unsatisfied desire is at length absorbed, and whose waves emerge peacefully into the "Lake of Death
It is obviously, therefore, my interest to disappoint them both, as far as I am concerned, by preserving a cheerful, undisturbed serenity
throughout; and, accordingly, I endeavour to show the fullest confidence in my husband, and the greatest indifference to the arts of my attractive guest.
But though these passions ordinarily succeed each other, and scarce twenty-four hours ever passed in which the pedagogue was not, in some degree, the object of both; yet, on extraordinary occasions, when the passion of anger had raged very high, the remission was usually longer: and so was the case at present; for she continued longer in a state of affability, after this fit of jealousy was ended, than her husband had ever known before: and, had it not been for some little exercises, which all the followers of Xantippe are obliged to perform daily, Mr Partridge would have enjoyed a perfect serenity
of several months.