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melancholy
used in The Scarlet Letter

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a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • I left him yonder in the forest, withdrawn into a secret dell, by a mossy tree trunk, and near a melancholy brook!
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (29% in)
  • ...of what, half a century ago, in the days of old King Derby, was a bustling wharf—but which is now burdened with decayed wooden warehouses, and exhibits few or no symptoms of commercial life; except, perhaps, a bark or brig, half-way down its melancholy length, discharging hides; or, nearer at hand, a Nova Scotia schooner, pitching out her cargo of firewood—at the head, I say, of this dilapidated wharf, which the tide often overflows, and along which, at the base and in the rear of the...
    Introductory (4% in)
  • I began to grow melancholy and restless; continually prying into my mind, to discover which of its poor properties were gone, and what degree of detriment had already accrued to the remainder.
    Introductory (87% in)
  • He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow; large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (68% in)
  • The pine-trees, aged, black, and solemn, and flinging groans and other melancholy utterances on the breeze, needed little transformation to figure as Puritan elders; the ugliest weeds of the garden were their children, whom Pearl smote down and uprooted most unmercifully.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (62% in)
  • This was a large wooden house, built in a fashion of which there are specimens still extant in the streets of our older towns now moss-grown, crumbling to decay, and melancholy at heart with the many sorrowful or joyful occurrences, remembered or forgotten, that have happened and passed away within their dusky chambers.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (41% in)
  • He looked now more careworn and emaciated than as we described him at the scene of Hester's public ignominy; and whether it were his failing health, or whatever the cause might be, his large dark eyes had a world of pain in their troubled and melancholy depth.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (62% in)
  • His form grew emaciated; his voice, though still rich and sweet, had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed, on any slight alarm or other sudden accident, to put his hand over his heart with first a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (26% in)
  • Continually, indeed, as it stole onward, the streamlet kept up a babble, kind, quiet, soothing, but melancholy, like the voice of a young child that was spending its infancy without playfulness, and knew not how to be merry among sad acquaintance and events of sombre hue.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (67% in)
  • The child went singing away, following up the current of the brook, and striving to mingle a more lightsome cadence with its melancholy voice.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (85% in)
  • And the melancholy brook would add this other tale to the mystery with which its little heart was already overburdened, and whereof it still kept up a murmuring babble, with not a whit more cheerfulness of tone than for ages heretofore.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (98% in)
  • She thought of the dim forest, with its little dell of solitude, and love, and anguish, and the mossy tree-trunk, where, sitting hand-in-hand, they had mingled their sad and passionate talk with the melancholy murmur of the brook.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (32% in)

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