But he gave what he called a solemn pledge: "We will hold ourselves responsible to do what it takes, as long as it takes, to stop this catastrophe, to repair the damage and to keep this region on its feet."
His expression solemn, he pulled the strip of plaid from behind his shoulder and draped the end over their joined hands.
This opening round of hospitality completed, he seemed at a loss, his expression solemn.
Bradford nodded, trying his damnedest to keep his expression solemn.
"That's what I call a solemn promise," exclaimed Tom, as Nanny concluded the prescribed speech.