What seems placid on the surface in any dictatorship can hide simmering anger and humiliation.
Certainly the beast sighted on the surface by sailors gave rise to the lore of sea serpents.
They warn authorities to gird themselves for the possibility that many more men could surface.
"come to the surface," 1898, from surface (n.). Earlier it meant "bring to the surface" (1885), and "to give something a polished surface" (1778). Related: Surfaced; surfacing.
surface sur·face (sûr'fəs)
The outer or topmost part of a solid structure.
A certainty, esp a bet that one cannot lose: His election is a sure thing, right? (1836+)