Alliteration always appeals, hence my choosing this thrice-sibilant stoic, stern as he seems.

The sternest-seeming stoic is human after all; and to ‘burst’ with boldness and good-will into ‘the silent sea’ of their souls is often to confer on them the first of obligations.

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Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 488

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