They kept their emotions at bay for the most part.
He had no emotions, like a man in a Halloween mask.
She responds quickly to the gentle pressure of affection, the pat of approval, the jerk of impatience, the firm motion of command, and to the many other variations of the almost infinite language of the feelings; and she has become so expert in interpreting this unconscious language of the emotions that she is often able to divine our very thoughts.
Boris read 'Poor Liza' aloud to her, and more than once interrupted the reading because of the emotions that choked him.
If he had simply ignored her, she might have been able to get her emotions under control, but now a sob threatened so convincingly that she was afraid to breathe.