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theme
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Jane Eyre
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  • Exhausted by emotion, my language was more subdued than it generally was when it developed that sad theme; and mindful of Helen’s warnings against the indulgence of resentment, I infused into the narrative far less of gall and wormwood than ordinary.
  • They generally run on the same theme — courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe — marriage.

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  • And do you like that monotonous theme?
  • No; but I can scarcely see what Mr. Rochester has to do with the theme you had introduced.
  • The communications were renewed from day to day: they always ran on the same theme — herself, her loves, and woes.
  • He pursued his theme, however, without noticing my deprecation.
  • I was obliged to recall him to a theme which was of necessity one of close and anxious interest to me.
  • The Ladies Lynn and Ingram continued to consort in solemn conferences, where they nodded their two turbans at each other, and held up their four hands in confronting gestures of surprise, or mystery, or horror, according to the theme on which their gossip ran, like a pair of magnified puppets.

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as in: theme of the novel Define
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done -- especially in a literary or artistic work
as in: musical theme Define
the initial or primary melody of a musical composition or (as in "theme song") music that is most repeated in a film, television series, or other theatrical production
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