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grave
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The Scarlet Letter

21 uses
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Her manner was grave.
Definition serious and/or solemn

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  • "A wise sentence," remarked the stranger, gravely, bowing his head.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (32% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Reminiscences, the most trifling and immaterial, passages of infancy and school-days, sports, childish quarrels, and the little domestic traits of her maiden years, came swarming back upon her, intermingled with recollections of whatever was gravest in her subsequent life; one picture precisely as vivid as another; as if all were of similar importance, or all alike a play.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (86% in)
  • As the two wayfarers came within the precincts of the town, the children of the Puritans looked up from their play,—or what passed for play with those sombre little urchins—and spoke gravely one to another.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (33% in)
  • The brilliancy might have be fitted Aladdin's palace rather than the mansion of a grave old Puritan ruler.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (46% in)
  • "It is as well to have made this step," said Roger Chillingworth to himself, looking after the minister, with a grave smile.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (82% in)
  • "Thank you, my good friend," said the minister, gravely, but startled at heart; for so confused was his remembrance, that he had almost brought himself to look at the events of the past night as visionary.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (97% in)
  • "I profess, madam," answered the clergyman, with a grave obeisance, such as the lady's rank demanded, and his own good breeding made imperative—"I profess, on my conscience and character, that I am utterly bewildered as touching the purport of your words!"
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (66% in)
  • All this time Roger Chillingworth was looking at the minister with the grave and intent regard of a physician towards his patient.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (86% in)
  • Into this festal season of the year—as it already was, and continued to be during the greater part of two centuries—the Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (43% in)
  • A party of Indians—in their savage finery of curiously embroidered deerskin robes, wampum-belts, red and yellow ochre, and feathers, and armed with the bow and arrow and stone-headed spear—stood apart with countenances of inflexible gravity, beyond what even the Puritan aspect could attain.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (69% in)
  • In that old day the English settler on these rude shores—having left king, nobles, and all degrees of awful rank behind, while still the faculty and necessity of reverence was strong in him—bestowed it on the white hair and venerable brow of age—on long-tried integrity—on solid wisdom and sad-coloured experience—on endowments of that grave and weighty order which gave the idea of permanence, and comes under the general definition of respectability.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (16% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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  • It was near that old and sunken grave, yet with a space between, as if the dust of the two sleepers had no right to mingle.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (95% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked, and steeple-crowned progenitor—who came so early, with his Bible and his sword, and trode the unworn street with such a stately port, and made so large a figure, as a man of war and peace—a stronger claim than for myself, whose name is seldom heard and my face hardly known.
    Introductory (15% in)
  • In accordance with this rule it may safely be assumed that the forefathers of Boston had built the first prison-house somewhere in the Vicinity of Cornhill, almost as seasonably as they marked out the first burial-ground, on Isaac Johnson's lot, and round about his grave, which subsequently became the nucleus of all the congregated sepulchres in the old churchyard of King's Chapel.
    Chapter 1 -- The Prison Door (30% in)
  • Accordingly, the crowd was sombre and grave.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (77% in)
  • And over her grave, the infamy that she must carry thither would be her only monument.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (12% in)
  • She now skipped irreverently from one grave to another; until coming to the broad, flat, armorial tombstone of a departed worthy—perhaps of Isaac Johnson himself—she began to dance upon it.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (48% in)
  • The aged members of his flock, beholding Mr. Dimmesdale's frame so feeble, while they were themselves so rugged in their infirmity, believed that he would go heavenward before them, and enjoined it upon their children that their old bones should be buried close to their young pastor's holy grave.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (53% in)
  • And all this time, perchance, when poor Mr. Dimmesdale was thinking of his grave, he questioned with himself whether the grass would ever grow on it, because an accursed thing must there be buried!
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (54% in)
  • None knew—nor ever learned with the fulness of perfect certainty—whether the elf-child had gone thus untimely to a maiden grave; or whether her wild, rich nature had been softened and subdued and made capable of a woman's gentle happiness.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (65% in)
  • And, after many, many years, a new grave was delved, near an old and sunken one, in that burial-ground beside which King's Chapel has since been built.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (94% in)

There are no more uses of "grave" in The Scarlet Letter.

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