Seeing the self-confident and refined expression on the faces of those present he was always expecting to hear something very profound.
The lingering images of recliner-size tarantulas from her dream made her shudder and look around self-consciously to make sure none were in her room.
"Not all good," she said and crossed her arms self-consciously.
Not only did his reason not reproach him for what he had done, but he even found cause for self-satisfaction in having so successfully contrived to avail himself of a convenient opportunity to punish a criminal and at the same time pacify the mob.
Consider the China pride and stagnant self-complacency of mankind.