placid

If Amir had been hoping for a placid taxi ride in Peshawar, he was sorely disappointed.  Gholam’s taxi is “smoke-filled,” and Amir sits on “shredded upholstery,” while Gholam, “a chain-smoking, sweaty little man,” talks non-stop, just barely missing collisions (Kite Runner 195).  This bumpy ride presages many of Amir’s other experiences in Pakistan.

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placid

When Dr. Frankenstein and his friend take an evening turn in the boat, Lake Geneva is placid.  Not a breath of wind could be seen anywhere across the entire lake.