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    Compose yourself

    Hi

    Please what does "Compose yourself" mean in this context:

    'Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!'
    There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.'For more!' said Mr. Limbkins. 'Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary.

    Source: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Compose yourself

    Make yourself calm and rational. Get control of your emotions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Compose yourself

    Thank you very much Barb.

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    Re: Compose yourself

    I didn't notice that was your first post, or I would have welcomed you to the forums. So... welcome to Using English.
    Thank you for giving your thread a sensible title.

    While your thanks are appreciated, it's okay to just click on "Like" if you found the answer helpful and answered your question. Of course, if you have follow-on questions, you can post another response within the thread.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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