to put oneself in countenance


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Could you please explain what 'putting oneself into countenance' means?

Christine blushed to the eyes and turned away her head. In a trembling voice, she said:
"Me? You are dreaming, my friend!"
And she burst out laughing, to put herself in countenance.

Source: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I'm wondering whether it might mean here "to cover up her confusion". The book is a translation from the French, I believe.

    I don't feel it has the usual English meaning of "keep calm, self-possessed".
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