“By the selection of horses, the magnificence of the chariot, the attitude, and display of person — above all, by the expression of the cold, sharp, eagle features, impersonalized in his country by sway of the world through so many generations, Ben-Hur knew Messala unchanged, as haughty, confident, and audacious as ever the same in ambition, cynicism, and mocking insouciance.” Ben-Hur, Book four, chapter sever, page 208
Insouciance: free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree, nonchalant
This is the end of a chapter when Ben-Hur sees Messala at the races. This is the first time he has seen him since he was sent to life as a galley slave and his mother and sister were taken away! I think I was holding my breath when it got to this part. Also trying not to skip down to the end because I knew something big was happening!