I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity
, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
Grose watched them with positive placidity
; then I caught the suppressed intellectual creak with which she conscientiously turned to take from me a view of the back of the tapestry.
With the first full puff of the smoke he gave over his moans and yelps, the agitation began to fade out of him, and Daughtry, appreciatively waiting, saw the trembling go out of his hands, the pendulous lip-quivering cease, the saliva stop flowing from the corners of his mouth, and placidity
come into the fiery remnants of his eyes.
Sometimes the river was of a glassy smoothness and placidity
; at other times it roared along in impetuous rapids and foaming cascades.
They were not of the folk we meet in fashionable drawing-rooms who conceal all such feelings as they may chance to possess beneath the impenetrable mask of a conventional placidity
. 'The Man with the Iron Mask' was, no doubt, a rarity and a marvel in his own age: in modern London no one would turn his head to give him a second look!
An exhausted composure, a worn-out placidity
, an equanimity of fatigue not to be ruffled by interest or satisfaction, are the trophies of her victory.
Wordsworth's own character, as we have already observed, was dominated by a certain contentment, a sort of naturally religious placidity
, not often found in union with a poetic sensibility so  active as his; and this gentle sense of well-being was favourable to the quiet, habitual observation of the inanimate, or imperfectly animate, world.
Even at eight it took a great deal to ruffle Dora's placidity
. She was sorry Anne was going away, of course, but was that any reason why she should fail to appreciate a poached egg on toast?
Two days afterwards they carried Matthew Cuthbert over his homestead threshold and away from the fields he had tilled and the orchards he had loved and the trees he had planted; and then Avonlea settled back to its usual placidity
and even at Green Gables affairs slipped into their old groove and work was done and duties fulfilled with regularity as before, although always with the aching sense of "loss in all familiar things." Anne, new to grief, thought it almost sad that it could be so--that they COULD go on in the old way without Matthew.
I have often wondered whether those early Madonnas of Raphael, with the blond faces and somewhat stupid expression, kept their placidity
undisturbed when their strong-limbed, strong-willed boys got a little too old to do without clothing.
Her only real comfort was when the child lay in the placidity
to look on, while repeated attentions were offering to another woman, before her face, and not resent it.That is a degree of placidity
, which I can neither comprehend nor respect."