Fill up the blanks, numbered ,  … up to , in the two passages below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each blank.
At that time the White House was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were . In the various offices,  gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in lowpitched voices. The only color, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his  was easily set off; he scowled when he  the corridors.