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solemn
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition very serious—and often dignified
  • "People of New England!" cried he, with a voice that rose over them, high, solemn, and majestic
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (71% in)
solemn = serious and dignified
  • Aged persons, alive in the time of Mr. Surveyor Pue, and from whose oral testimony he had made up his narrative, remembered her, in their youth, as a very old, but not decrepit woman, of a stately and solemn aspect.
    Introductory (70% in)
  • Even had there been a disposition to turn the matter into ridicule, it must have been repressed and overpowered by the solemn presence of men no less dignified than the governor, and several of his counsellors, a judge, a general, and the ministers of the town, all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting-house, looking down upon the platform.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (75% in)
  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (79% in)
  • Involved in these thoughts, she scarcely heard a voice behind her until it had repeated her name more than once, in a loud and solemn tone, audible to the whole multitude.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (41% 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 bright panoply was not meant for mere idle show, but had been worn by the Governor on many a solemn muster and training field, and had glittered, moreover, at the head of a regiment in the Pequod war.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (78% in)
  • She recognises, believe me, the solemn miracle which God hath wrought in the existence of that child.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (72% in)
  • These questions were solemnly propounded to Mr. Dimmesdale by the elder ministers of Boston, and the deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, "dealt with him," on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (39% in)
  • For the sake of the minister's health, and to enable the leech to gather plants with healing balm in them, they took long walks on the sea-shore, or in the forest; mingling various walks with the splash and murmur of the waves, and the solemn wind-anthem among the tree-tops.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (48% in)
  • Shortly afterwards, the like grisly sense of the humorous again stole in among the solemn phantoms of his thought.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (36% in)
  • They stood in the noon of that strange and solemn splendour, as if it were the light that is to reveal all secrets, and the daybreak that shall unite all who belong to one another.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (64% in)
  • Strengthened by years of hard and solemn trial, she felt herself no longer so inadequate to cope with Roger Chillingworth as on that night, abased by sin and half-maddened by the ignominy that was still new, when they had talked together in the prison-chamber.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (95% in)
  • But the brook, in the course of its little lifetime among the forest trees, had gone through so solemn an experience that it could not help talking about it, and seemed to have nothing else to say.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (71% in)
  • The boughs were tossing heavily above their heads; while one solemn old tree groaned dolefully to another, as if telling the sad story of the pair that sat beneath, or constrained to forbode evil to come.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (67% in)
  • All at once, as with a sudden smile of heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming adown the gray trunks of the solemn trees.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (62% in)
  • Yet all this, which would else have been such heavy sorrow, was made almost a solemn joy to her devout old soul, by religious consolations and the truths of Scripture, wherewith she had fed herself continually for more than thirty years.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (40% in)
  • "I thank you from my heart, most watchful friend," said the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale with a solemn smile.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (94% in)
  • Then flinging the already written pages of the Election Sermon into the fire, he forthwith began another, which he wrote with such an impulsive flow of thought and emotion, that he fancied himself inspired; and only wondered that Heaven should see fit to transmit the grand and solemn music of its oracles through so foul an organ pipe as he.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (97% in)
  • Now she caught the low undertone, as of the wind sinking down to repose itself; then ascended with it, as it rose through progressive gradations of sweetness and power, until its volume seemed to envelop her with an atmosphere of awe and solemn grandeur.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (66% in)
  • The procession was to be marshalled thence to the town hall, where a solemn banquet would complete the ceremonies of the day.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (22% in)

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