Quickly smoothing her hair and clothes, she achieved composure again. Then, returning her glasses to their usual perch on her nose, although not realizing they were slightly crooked, Miss Grant calmed herself. She tried to regain her usual austere stance.
Reaching to the back of a drawer, she retrieved an object, and held it in both hands, as she looked out of the window. Miss Grant waited for her visitor, mentally rehearsing what she would say.