Phrases with "calm"

E. Phillips Oppenheim I was thankful for it, for the physical effort seemed to stimulate and calm me. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

The morning was serenely cool and, in its stillness, their talk filled with clear-cut words the calm air of the ravine. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rather tall than not, with a pale, calm face, brown hair that he wore long, and mild brown eyes that had no end of earnestness in their depths. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Anna Katherine Green Slight emotions made no impression there; nor did he to-day present anything but a calm and dignified appearance. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing Other things were happening which interfered with the confident calm essential to his comfort. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf He remained benignant, calm — if one chose to think it, sublime. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

A deep, thoughtful, and half-melancholy calm seemed unalterably fixed in their majestic and commanding gaze. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

The Gascon, however, was a man of calm self-possession; and no sooner did he touch his bright steel blade, than he knew how to adopt morally the cold, keen weapon as his guide of action. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Virginia Woolf As they passed each other their eyes met in a peculiar level glance, he wondered at the extraordinary clearness of his eyes, and at the deep calm and sadness that dwelt in them. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Guy de Maupassant She was utterly happy, calm and contented. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

The apathy or calm of the Chinese women as they sat houseless amidst their possessions was very striking. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

However he replied in a calm voice — “I am very unfortunate, sir: but I can recollect nothing. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell He wanted to calm her, as he saw her shaken with repressed sobs. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

To survive his terrible blow he needed all his forces; his virtue, his health, his habits of labour, and the calm sleep that is labour’s satellite; above all, his piety. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing Marcian, having spoken with the porter, waited till a thundering at the gate announced Chorsoman’s arrival, then had the doors thrown open, and stood with a calm smile to meet the commander. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The poor old fellow answered that he was sure of it, and implored me to calm myself. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Alfred Ainger I found her, this morning calm and serene; far, very far, from an indecent, forgetful serenity; she has a most affectionate and tender concern for what has happened. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Jack London It was just a calm assumption of equality. Lost Face by Jack London

To me these things are now matter of calm and solemn recollection, never to be forgotten, yet scarce to be remembered with pain. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

His face was calm and smiling, and though he made haste to tell us that we had come out of hours, he politely asked us in and inquired what he could do for us. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

This calm sea under the starlit sky is like a dream of heaven. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Marjorie Bowen Claude was foolishly relieved to see his calm cheerfulness. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

Thomas Hardy An additional mile of plateau followed, from which could be discerned two light-houses on the coast they were nearing, reposing on the horizon with a calm lustre of benignity. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

You contradict your own words, and distract me! Be calm and frank, and confess at once all that weighs on your heart. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

She watched the shadowy fields flitting past; here and there a still pool, or a glimpse of running water; beyond, the sombre darkness of wooded hills; and above that dark background a calm starry sky. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Radclyffe Hall But after a while the storm seemed to pass, Jamie seemed to grow suddenly calm and collected: ‘You two,’ she said gravely, ‘I want to thank you for all you’ve been to Barbara and me. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

William Makepeace Thackeray I saw her performing her devotions in Antwerp Cathedral, and forgot to look at anything else there; — so calm and pure, such a sainted figure hers seemed. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

George Gissing Constance did not for an instant lose her self-command; Lashmar’s efforts to be calm only made his embarrassment more obvious. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Machen The thundering, roaring waves were passed; he had entered into the haven of calm waters. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Guy de Maupassant The ladies of the De Courville family came to see him occasionally, and those were hours of calm and comfort for him. Rust (La Rouille) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Rafael Sabatini But before the calm command of his tone and glance she slowly lowered her head and withdrew beyond the curtain. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Edgar Allan Poe As night came on, every breath of wind died away, an more entire calm it is impossible to conceive. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle We first saw a huge sleek mountain of water rise to an incredible height out of a calm ocean. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman When she and her small trunk were safely embarked she sat stiff and straight and calm in the ferry-boat as it shot swiftly and smoothly across stream. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]

Wilkie Collins Was that his own reply? She was not calm enough to ask him the question: it remained in her thoughts for some time after he had gone. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassant He woke up sober, his mind calm and clear, capable of judgment and thought. Saint Anthony (Saint-Antoine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe They partook less of transport and more of calm enthusiasm of enthusiastic repose. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

But there was an awful sweetness and beauty in the face — a calm assurance about his preaching phrases — that frightened me as threats could not have done. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Margaret Oliphant He was perfectly calm and courteous, with a smile that bewildered her and filled her with terror. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Guy de Maupassan He ardently loved a man, as Chloe must have loved Daphnis. He could not master himself, or calm his feverish passion, and went towards the abyss as if seized by mental giddiness. The Hermaphrodite by Guy de Maupassan

He was absolutely as calm as, when seated in his arm-chair, he listened to the interminable stories of his clients. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Machen And then I would say to myself, ‘and how about that boat overturned in a calm sea?’ There seemed no end to it, no hope of any solution. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Guy de Maupassan Where are they? I want them!” The more they tried to calm her the more she sobbed, and persisted in her demands. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith All Mrs. Lovell could do was hardly enough to hold back Mr. Edward from laying out at Bob. He was like a white devil, and speaking calm and polite all the time. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The handsome prince, calm and smiling, with white cravat and elegantly fitting dress-coat which showed off his fine figure, advanced toward Madame Desvarennes before whom he bowed. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The calm beauty of a rustic landscape, and the grandeur of wilder scenery, were alike within reach of the explorer from the castle. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling At such times the injustice of his fate would drive him to revolts which no servant should witness, but on this evening Dr. Gilbert’s tonic held him fairly calm while he put up his patent razors. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jules Verne Michael’s calm bearing seemed to have inspired her. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Charles Dickens The simple character of my life, and the calm nature of the scenes by which I am surrounded, occasion me to rise early. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

In fact, a calm bystander would reason with both on the assumption of moral necessity. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Gertrude Stein Calmness, calm is beside the plate and in way in. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

I replied in a calm voice — but how far from calm was the thought imaged by my still words —“Never! I can never consent that Lady Idris should be united to one who does not love her. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Algernon Blackwood The calm moonlight flooded a courtyard empty and deserted. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

There thronged into his mind the memories of other nights, when there had been the same warm perfume, the same close, calm atmosphere, the same deepening shadows shrouding the furniture and hangings. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The serenity of her temperament carried her always on a calm sea. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe But these intervals of tranquillity are only at the turn of the ebb and flood, and in calm weather, and last but a quarter of an hour, its violence gradually returning. A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing One might have imagined that she had enjoyed a calm life, but this was far from being the case. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell With his first calm words a vivid colour flashed into her cheeks, which never left them again during the evening. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Borrow I observed that her features, which were in general peculiarly calm and placid, wore a somewhat startled expression. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

I knew her blinded constancy Would ne’er my deeds betray, And, calm in conscience, whole in heart. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Guy de Maupassant The calm river grew wider; the atmosphere was warm and perfectly still, but a murmur of life seemed to fill all space. In the Spring (Au Printemps) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Thou art still, not with stillness of languor, And calm, not with calm boding rest; For thine is all wrath and all anger That throbs far and near in the breast Of man, by thy presence possess’d. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

I trust you and Maurice may lead a calm and happy life. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquillity. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Charles Dickens Let me be calmer yet; I would be calm as coffins. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Her voice was so calm that I might have thought her forgetful had I not seen an instant of patent pain in her wide eyes. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

There was no fierce denunciation, no furious expression of disbelief, just this calm bowing of the head to the dreadful blow which had fallen. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Oh! how fine it is to be called Conde and to be so worthy of such a name!” “He was calm and radiant, was he not?” “As calm as at parade, radiant as at a fete. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her blindness almost appears a blessing sometimes; she was so down-hearted when she dreaded it, and now she seems so calm and happy when it’s downright come. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins However, when the morning came, he appeared to be calm and self-possessed. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Guy de Maupassant Her right hand, which holds the letter, falls slowly on her lap, while she raises her left hand to her mouth, as if to calm the obstinate cough which is racking her chest. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray Happy he whose fortune has placed him where there is calm and plenty, and who has the wisdom not to give up his quiet in quest of visionary gain. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Then, one by one, the ships released Their folded sails, and strove Against the empty calm to press North, South, or West, or East, In vain; the subtle nothingness Was impotent to move. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Edward’s seat was empty — his cup was not placed — he was omitted in the domestic arrangements; — tears rushed into her eyes; and in vain trying to calm herself, she sobbed aloud. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Olaf Stapledon More precisely it was our hosts that had all these experiences, while we, calm scrutinizers, appraised their minds. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

I am sure Philip was so, with his calm assertion of being right. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Marjorie Bowen He was not alone long — Ippolito reentered with a calm face, and yet one his son was startled by. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

It was pale but perfectly calm and after he turned away from the cot he never looked back at it once. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Her countenance was as calm as marble. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Bram Stoker Her mental attitude was thoroughly borne out by a calm dignity of demeanour which is more in accord with male than female nature. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Wilkie Collins The sunset is burning redly on the wilderness of trees that I see from my window, and I am poring over my journal again, to calm my impatience for the return of the travellers. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He was fidgety and restless, and his one-time calm and placid face was clouded always now with a worried frown. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Walter Scott But his was not a sudden alarm or panic, it was a calm sense of extreme peril, qualified by a resolution to exert his faculties to the uttermost, to save his life if it were possible. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Walter Scott With such scenes of calm sublimity the human heart sympathises even in its most disturbed moods, and deeds of honour and virtue are inspired by their majestic influence. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Then the palpitation beginning to calm down, he forced himself to open his eyes and take in his surroundings. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

It was as calm and even as a mirror, but I could see by a light steamy haze above it that the water was nearly at boiling heat — a not very uncommon circumstance in that region. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe We found no great difficulty in reaching the bottom of the hollow as before, and were now sufficiently calm to survey it with some attention. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

William Morris And ever a little before these departures betid would she fall moody and few-spoken, but she came back ever from the wood calm and kind and well-liking. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

In calm contrast to the hurry of sailing vessel and steamer a silent fleet of white warships lay motionless in midstream. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

George Meredith The calm Englishman had given place to a volcanic spirit. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Algernon Blackwood Then John Silence moved forward and spoke in a voice that was very low, yet perfectly calm and natural. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope Caroline, however, did not tremble; but looking up into his face with calm dignity replied, that Mr. Bertram had called that morning. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jane Austen Will not this manner of speaking of him, Mrs Smith, convince you that he is nothing to me? Surely this must be calm enough. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Hasselt still had her air of calm well-being. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Benjamin Disraeli The bishop, however, looked serene, and, if not as elate as in the morning, calm and content. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arnold Bennett In the evening calm of the shabby, gloomy post-office, holding a stubby pencil that was chained by a cable to the wall, he stood over a blank telegraph-form, hesitating how to word the message. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Not yet twenty-two, her profile was clear-cut, her complexion of flawless ivory and cream, and she had long-lashed, calm grey eyes. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

The calm of a great repentance, and of an unflinching self‐sacrifice were with him. Signa by Ouida

George Meredith Austria here, Switzerland yonder, and but one depth between to bound across and win calm breathing. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

William Makepeace Thackeray Bertrand, calm and stupid as before, stands humbly behind. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Jules Verne His calm temperament seemed to indicate an interior fire, kept well under control. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Madame Desvarennes received this plaintive remonstrance with a calm smile, and answered, maternally, as to a child: “There, there, don’t be frightened. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I carry down the stream of the countless years, not the turbulent desires of youth, but the calm and spiritual delights of age. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

William Hope Hodgson A strange ripple ran outward from it, along the deck, like you will see a ripple run inshore out of a calm sea. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Not all, perhaps, who had shone brightly arrayed at that concert could say the same; for not all had been satisfied with friendship — with its calm comfort and modest hope. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

His face was equally as calm and impressive as his master’s, although in his mind, too, gaunt fears had taken shape. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray The ship went rolling over a heavy, sweltering, calm sea. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anna Katherine Green Had this brought him any relief? Possibly. And she? Had it had a like effect on her? Hardly. Though her aspect was one of calm resignation, her physical powers were perceptibly failing. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

It was very pale, and wore the old look of self-repressed calm I remembered so well. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

I begin to feel more calm and secure. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassan She accepted all this in a calm way that astonished herself, but she looked upon him now as a stranger who was nothing whatever to her. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan I was very calm and very tired. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

Presently Tressa heard his voice, calm and distinct as usual: “We’ve caught Albert Feke. He’s here at my rooms. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Some of them have a uniform expression of calm and beautiful feeling. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Anthony Trollope What am I to get by such a plan as that?’ Barry was now cowed and frightened; he had no dram-bottle by him to reassure him, and he became, comparatively speaking, calm and subdued. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

I had mapped out my future actions in a calm deliberate way, and resolutely had put out of my mind all fear of any untoward happenings. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

But Helen was speaking, and her sweet and musical voice was quite calm and self-contained. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

I implore you to calm yourself. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

But the great man presented to him a calm and undismayed face. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

I remember nights and days of calm when we pulled, we pulled, and the boat seemed to stand still, as if bewitched within the circle of the sea horizon. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

R. D. Blackmore His breadth, and the spring of fresh air inside it, kept him gently up and down; and his calm enjoyment was enriched by the baffled wrath of his enemies. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edith Wharton In Europe people don’t understand our long American engagements; I suppose they are not as calm as we are. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Stone looked fierce and pugnacious, and the doctor very calm and rather bored. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

James Joyce And was he then neither calm like the one nor godly like the other? He was neither as much as he would have liked to be either. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

It was furnished to him by an elderly man out of livery with an air of calm solicitude. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

G. K. Chesterton He had also, as I have said, a sort of calm versatility; he could carry out other people’s plans and improve them; he could, as the phrase goes, turn his hand to anything. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Wilkie Collins The widow’s calm voice had a soothing influence which she was eager to feel. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Guy de Maupassan The new-mown hay, the trees, the waste land and the distant sea lay peacefully sleeping in the moonlight, and the tears welled up into Jeanne’s eyes as she looked out into the clear, calm night. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Margaret Oliphant It was more than amusing to Julia. She was excited, her bosom panted, her eyes shone—all the more that Walter’s calm was unbroken. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

R. D. Blackmore Not only did he not find it, but he did not even seek for it, standing aside rather out of the way, and trying to look like a calm spectator. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

His eyes, calm and gentle though they were, seemed nevertheless to be piercing her through and through. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

William Dampier The Spaniards do report that there was once a very rich ship driven ashore here in calm for want of wind to work her. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Thomas Hardy I am called Mrs. Richard Phillotson, living a calm wedded life with my counterpart of that name. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

All traces of the agitation I had noticed earlier that evening had left her, and she was as calm and collected as ever I had seen her. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Meredith When Juliana’s calm glance at him called it up, he jumped from his chair, crying: ‘Upon my honour, I’ll tell you what, Juley! If I had money to pay him tomorrow, I’d insult him on the spot. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

One evening, being within sixty leagues of the Cape of Palms, calm weather, but the little wind we had against us, one of our men spied a sail, and gave the captain notice of it. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Mrs. Gaskell But if we were so weary and dispirited, what must Miss Jessie have been! Yet she came back almost calm as if she had gained a new strength. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Caroline Lamb Perhaps, my Lady, you will look on the poor gentleman: what though ‘ tis a dying man—you’ll be gratified to see him, there is such a calm upon his countenance. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George MacDonald Could it be that the calm expanse before me swarmed with creatures of devouring greed? I turned and looked over the land through which my way must lie. Lilith by George MacDonald

Robert Louis Stevenson I am usually very calm over the displays of nature; but you will scarce believe how my heart leaped at this. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood And there was some quality in his voice next minute when he began to speak that brought our minds instantly to a state of calm obedience. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Caroline Lamb Yet it was the calm of hopeless despair, when passion, too violent to shew itself by common means, concentrates itself at once around the heart, and steels it against every sentiment of mercy. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Jack London He is quite reasonable and fair in his calm moments, and as he is calm now he will not deny that only yesterday he threatened my life. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

R. D. Blackmore And one of England’s greatest men, the greatest of all her sons in battle — though few of them have been small at that — was out of his usual mood, and full of calm presentiment and gloomy joy. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Virginia Woolf She leant upon the rail and looked over the troubled grey waters, where the sunlight was fitfully scattered upon the crests of the waves, until she was cold and absolutely calm again. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The rest of the night was beautifully calm and clear. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

William Morris Nevertheless, there in that pleasant isle we rested us for three days, that we might somewhat calm and refresh our spirits with what was small and of little account. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Wilkie Collins They are Ada’s letters; I read them to calm me whenever my misfortune seems to get the better of my endurance. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Not firm or tranquil at all, I think: there was no calm in my mind. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Virginia Woolf We feel ourselves indeed driven to them, impelled not by calm judgement but by some imperious need to anchor our instability upon their security. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jules Verne The basalt pillars, fitted one into the other, measured from forty to fifty feet in height, and the water, calm in spite of the tumult outside, washed their base. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing Sidwell was regarding him with calm but earnest eyes, and he knew, without caring to reflect, that his latest projects were crumbling. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He goes on picking up pieces of fish and putting them into his mouth as calm as anything. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The priest, terrified, sought to calm her with the promise of absolution. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Jules Verne Lady Helena and the Major vainly tried to calm him, and preached patience. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Harvey had a singular sensation, a tremor at his heart, a flutter of the pulses, a turning cold and hot; then he was quite calm again, and said to himself, ‘Of course. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson The wind had climbed along with it; and though I was still in calm air, I could see the trees tossing below me, and their long, strident sighing mounted to me where I stood. The Sea Fogs by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing The timber-merchant was slightly heated, but his countenance wore an expression of calm contentment. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Abraham Merri Twilight calm dropping down from the sun sleep to still the restless mountain tarn. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood There was majesty somewhere in their conceptions — a large, calm majesty of spiritual dominion, one might call it perhaps. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The E.‘s, whose dahabeeyah, homeward-bound, drifts slowly past one calm morning, report “eleven beauties,” seen all together yesterday upon a sand island, some ten miles higher up. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence It only lacked that last subtlety which the world always lacks, the last final clinching which puts calm into a sea of fabric, and yet is the opposite pole to machine fixity. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Then, the fit over, something like a reaction of calm followed, and as she lay perfectly still in the darkness, her regular breathing would have led one to believe her asleep. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing And, in addition, all his thoughts arose before a background of calm delight, the consciousness that henceforth it would be possible to devote himself entirely to his art. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. Rider Haggard This woman’s weather has changed too fast, and after such a calm there’ll come a storm indeed. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Mrs. Courtenay lifted her calm clear eyes to the Louis Quatorze clock on the old Venetian cabinet near her. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Accordingly, I am having a luncheon basket packed, and after breakfast we are going for a sail, just you and I. You see the sea is as calm as a duck pond this morning. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

The ambassador appeared to be as calm and unruffled as ever, but his unusual pallor and the hard glitter of his eyes masked a dreadful fury. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Besides, he had not a crazy eye; there was calm calculation in it and not a little good-nature. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Rafael Sabatini Master Leigh was somewhat discomposed by this odd calm when he had looked for angry outbursts. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Jane Austen He seems to have a calm decided temper, not at all open to dangerous impressions. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

George Gissing Her face was not so calm as when Barbara came to speak to her in the afternoon; lines of pain showed themselves on her forehead, and her thin lips were compressed. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He looked at it in a sort of calm stupor at first, but the next moment, he turned ashy pale. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The night passed in quietness; quietly her doom must at last have come: peacefully and painlessly: in the morning she was found without life, nearly cold, but all calm and undisturbed. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

At six twenty-five, the grand orb set calm and red, and the sea was gorgeous with miles and miles of great ruby dimples: it was the first glowing smile of southern latitude. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Abraham Merri Around calm globe and cone of light whirled doves of Ishtar in thousands. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence Meanwhile the men stood in calm little groups, chatting, smoking, pretending to pay no heed to the rustling animation of the women’s world. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence His heart was calm and numb with a sort of innocence of love, now. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett Nothing but the ticking of the clock disturbed the calm of the night. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Virginia Woolf His calm was only superficial, as he knew too well; it did not exist much below the surface of tie, waistcoat, and white slip. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Hope Just inside the door, guarding it, if need should be, with their lives, were the other three, Bernenstein merry and triumphant, Sapt blunt and cool, Rudolf calm and clear-headed. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

E. Phillips Oppenheim By his side like a shadow stood Owston, with a curious smile upon his calm face. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Edith Wharton His calm determination began to frighten her; she trembled lest her own should be less staunch. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edith Wharton She called up his office, and in less than a minute there was his calm voice asking what he could do. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Wilkie Collins Just as large, just as grey, just as calm as ever. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

It was a calm night, warm for the time of year, the moon beautifully bright. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

As soon as the stems which had ascended the iron rods reached the summit and became free, they also became twisted; and this apparently occurred more quickly during windy than during calm weather. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

I turned to Wake, and his calm eyes pulled me together. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

She went alone — tearless — in outward aspect calm as a statue; but the face of the corpse hidden in the coffin could scarcely have been whiter than hers. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling What amazed me was the calm with which these folks gathered together and commenced to belaud their noble selves, their country, and their ‘institootions’ and everything else that was theirs. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

She held the paper out to him, with a passionate entreaty breaking through the enforced calm of despair with which she had hitherto spoken. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

G. K. Chesterton The calm face of Penelope would, it may be, begin to grow meaner before our eyes, like a face changing in a dream. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A calm virility and a dreamy humor, marked contrasts to her level-headedness — into these moods she slipped sometimes as a refuge. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Kingsley Should this country ever have a large coast-trade, they will find it out, in calm weather with no anchorage. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

In the place of honour sat Lady Eversleigh. She sat on the right hand of the lawyer, calm and dignified, as if no taint of suspicion had ever tarnished her fame. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells It chanced to be calm weather, and they drifted helplessly and indeed careless of their fate backwards towards the Equator. The captain doctored them all with rum. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Below lay the white sea of the fog hiding the valley, but up here, on the hilltop, everything was clear and calm and bright and warm. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

I allowed myself a couple of minutes or so to calm down and then, assuming a phlegmatic air, approached Lew Hanner to collect my winnings. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

James Anthony Froude The periods of calm enabled him to discover powers in himself of which he might otherwise have never known the existence. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

I advanced with a calm look, and equal step. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]