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countenance
used in Frankenstein

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facial expression; or face; or composure
  • His countenance expressed sympathy and compassion;
    Chapter 21 (47% in)
countenance = facial expression
  • I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if anyone performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.
    Introductory Letters (65% in)
  • countenance = face
  • His countenance instantly assumed an aspect of the deepest gloom, and he replied, "To seek one who fled from me."
    Introductory Letters (67% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • As I spoke, a dark gloom spread over my listener's countenance.
    Introductory Letters (80% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • As he said this his countenance became expressive of a calm, settled grief that touched me to the heart.
    Introductory Letters (86% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death.
    Chapter 3 (12% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • I need not describe the feelings of those whose dearest ties are rent by that most irreparable evil, the void that presents itself to the soul, and the despair that is exhibited on the countenance.
    Chapter 3 (14% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • My life had hitherto been remarkably secluded and domestic, and this had given me invincible repugnance to new countenances.
    Chapter 3 (36% in)
  • countenances = faces
  • M. Krempe was a little squat man with a gruff voice and a repulsive countenance; the teacher, therefore, did not prepossess me in favour of his pursuits.
    Chapter 3 (55% in)
  • countenance = face
  • No mortal could support the horror of that countenance.
    Chapter 5 (26% in)
  • countenance = face
  • Your father's health is vigorous, and he asks but to see you, but to be assured that you are well; and not a care will ever cloud his benevolent countenance.
    Chapter 6 (8% in)
  • countenance = face (or composure)
  • A youngster who, but a few years ago, believed in Cornelius Agrippa as firmly as in the gospel, has now set himself at the head of the university; and if he is not soon pulled down, we shall all be out of countenance.
    Chapter 6 (68% in)
  • countenance = composure

    (editor's note:  In this context, the expression out of countenance could be interpreted as disconcerted or unsettled.)
  • He was conveyed home, and the anguish that was visible in my countenance betrayed the secret to Elizabeth.
    Chapter 7 (12% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • Clerval, who had watched my countenance as I read this letter, was surprised to observe the despair that succeeded the joy I at first expressed on receiving new from my friends.
    Chapter 7 (20% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • I saw unhappiness deeply impressed on his countenance, but he endeavoured to welcome me cheerfully; and, after we had exchanged our mournful greeting, would have introduced some other topic than that of our disaster, had not Ernest exclaimed, "Good God, papa!
    Chapter 7 (86% in)
  • countenance = face
  • She was dressed in mourning, and her countenance, always engaging, was rendered, by the solemnity of her feelings, exquisitely beautiful.
    Chapter 8 (6% in)
  • countenance = face or facial expression
  • As the trial had proceeded, her countenance had altered.
    Chapter 8 (18% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • I could not sustain the horror of my situation, and when I perceived that the popular voice and the countenances of the judges had already condemned my unhappy victim, I rushed out of the court in agony.
    Chapter 8 (48% in)
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  • Frankenstein, your son, your kinsman, your early, much-loved friend; he who would spend each vital drop of blood for your sakes, who has no thought nor sense of joy except as it is mirrored also in your dear countenances, who would fill the air with blessings and spend his life in serving you—he bids you weep, to shed countless tears; happy beyond his hopes, if thus inexorable fate be satisfied, and if the destruction pause before the peace of the grave have succeeded to your sad...
    Chapter 8 (97% in)
  • countenances = faces
  • Elizabeth read my anguish in my countenance, and kindly taking my hand, said, "My dearest friend, you must calm yourself."
    Chapter 9 (59% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • There is an expression of despair, and sometimes of revenge, in your countenance that makes me tremble.
    Chapter 9 (61% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes.
    Chapter 10 (47% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • As she walked along, seemingly incommoded by the burden, a young man met her, whose countenance expressed a deeper despondence.
    Chapter 11 (72% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • The silver hair and benevolent countenance of the aged cottager won my reverence, while the gentle manners of the girl enticed my love.
    Chapter 11 (80% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • One was old, with silver hairs and a countenance beaming with benevolence and love; the younger was slight and graceful in his figure, and his features were moulded with the finest symmetry, yet his eyes and attitude expressed the utmost sadness and despondency.
    Chapter 11 (92% in)
  • countenance = face
  • I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers.
    Chapter 12 (34% in)
  • countenances = facial expressions
  • Agatha listened with respect, her eyes sometimes filled with tears, which she endeavoured to wipe away unperceived; but I generally found that her countenance and tone were more cheerful after having listened to the exhortations of her father.
    Chapter 12 (50% in)
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  • But if his countenance was more sorrowful, his voice was more cheerful than that of his sister, especially when he addressed the old man.
    Chapter 12 (52% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • It was on one of these days, when my cottagers periodically rested from labour—the old man played on his guitar, and the children listened to him—that I observed the countenance of Felix was melancholy beyond expression; he sighed frequently, and once his father paused in his music, and I conjectured by his manner that he inquired the cause of his son's sorrow.
    Chapter 13 (6% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • On hearing this word, Felix came up hastily to the lady, who, when she saw him, threw up her veil, and I beheld a countenance of angelic beauty and expression.
    Chapter 13 (12% in)
  • countenance = face
  • Some hours passed thus, while they, by their countenances, expressed joy, the cause of which I did not comprehend.
    Chapter 13 (28% in)
  • countenances = facial expressions
  • The days now passed as peaceably as before, with the sole alteration that joy had taken place of sadness in the countenances of my friends.
    Chapter 13 (43% in)
  • countenances = facial expressions
  • I endeavoured to crush these fears and to fortify myself for the trial which in a few months I resolved to undergo; and sometimes I allowed my thoughts, unchecked by reason, to ramble in the fields of Paradise, and dared to fancy amiable and lovely creatures sympathizing with my feelings and cheering my gloom; their angelic countenances breathed smiles of consolation.
    Chapter 15 (51% in)
  • countenances = facial expressions
  • At first his countenance was illuminated with pleasure, but as he continued, thoughtfulness and sadness succeeded; at length, laying aside the instrument, he sat absorbed in reflection.
    Chapter 15 (67% in)
  • countenance = face
  • I am blind and cannot judge of your countenance, but there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere.
    Chapter 15 (86% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • As I looked on him, his countenance expressed the utmost extent of malice and treachery.
    Chapter 20 (14% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • I was exceedingly surprised on receiving so rude an answer from a stranger, and I was also disconcerted on perceiving the frowning and angry countenances of his companions.
    Chapter 20 (91% in)
  • countenances = facial expressions
  • She was a hired nurse, the wife of one of the turnkeys, and her countenance expressed all those bad qualities which often characterize that class.
    Chapter 21 (33% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • I suppose some astonishment was exhibited in my countenance, for Mr. Kirwin hastened to say, "Immediately upon your being taken ill, all the papers that were on your person were brought me, and I examined them that I might discover some trace by which I could send to your relations an account of your misfortune and illness."
    Chapter 21 (54% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • Mr. Kirwin regarded me with a troubled countenance.
    Chapter 21 (60% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • This winter has been passed most miserably, tortured as I have been by anxious suspense; yet I hope to see peace in your countenance and to find that your heart is not totally void of comfort and tranquillity.
    Chapter 22 (24% in)
  • countenance = face
  • But death was no evil to me if the loss of Elizabeth were balanced with it, and I therefore, with a contented and even cheerful countenance, agreed with my father that if my cousin would consent, the ceremony should take place in ten days, and thus put, as I imagined, the seal to my fate.
    Chapter 22 (69% in)
  • countenance = face, facial expression; or composure
  • But I concealed my feelings by an appearance of hilarity that brought smiles and joy to the countenance of my father, but hardly deceived the ever-watchful and nicer eye of Elizabeth.
    Chapter 22 (73% in)
  • countenance = face
  • When I recovered I found myself surrounded by the people of the inn; their countenances expressed a breathless terror, but the horror of others appeared only as a mockery, a shadow of the feelings that oppressed me.
    Chapter 23 (22% in)
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  • The magistrate appeared at first perfectly incredulous, but as I continued he became more attentive and interested; I saw him sometimes shudder with horror; at others a lively surprise, unmingled with disbelief, was painted on his countenance.
    Chapter 23 (79% in)
  • countenance = face
  • During the day I was sustained and inspirited by the hope of night, for in sleep I saw my friends, my wife, and my beloved country; again I saw the benevolent countenance of my father, heard the silver tones of my Elizabeth's voice, and beheld Clerval enjoying health and youth.
    Chapter 24 (14% in)
  • countenance = face
  • Sometimes he commanded his countenance and tones and related the most horrible incidents with a tranquil voice, suppressing every mark of agitation; then, like a volcano bursting forth, his face would suddenly change to an expression of the wildest rage as he shrieked out imprecations on his persecutor.
    Chapter 24 (37% in)
  • countenance = facial expression (and posture and other visible features)
  • This morning, as I sat watching the wan countenance of my friend—his eyes half closed and his limbs hanging listlessly—I was roused by half a dozen of the sailors, who demanded admission into the cabin.
    Chapter 24 (56% in)
countenance = facial expression (and posture and other visible features)
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