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Polish translation: może trochę za/zbyt spokojny/cichy
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He had revised his opinion of women. He loved his wife. He took a benign interest in his children. He hadn't beheaded anyone in years. He was running to fat and looked rather less like Omar Sharif than he had done in his heyday. He drank a lot of coffee and watched videos and paid desultory attention to the family oil business. Sometimes he accompanied his sisters and his old mother to London or to Paris for the shopping season. Life wasn't bad, not bad at all. A little on the quiet side, maybe--once in a while he would feel a twinge of guilty nostalgia for the old days--but agreeable enough. And he was married to the most beautiful and talented woman in the eastern world, was he not? "The Five Thousand and One Nights" by Penelope Lively, the subsequent marital history of Scheherazade and the Sultan:-)