For, hear me, Hero: wooing, wedding, and repenting is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace: the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes Repentance, and with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
assumed the gravity of a judge and said...
the cold insipidity of Lady Middleton was so particularly repulsive, that in comparison of it the gravity of Colonel Brandon, and even the boisterous mirth of Sir John and his mother-in-law was interesting.
Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
I have grave doubts.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
I roused the five of you because we are all in grave danger.