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grave -- as in: Her manner was grave.
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  • He is better able to judge of it than I am; for I very well know that I am a weak, light, girlish creature, and that he is a firm, grave, serious man.
  • ’I think, Clara,’ said Mr. Murdstone, in a low grave voice, ’that there may be better and more dispassionate judges of such a question than you.’
  • ’Yes,’ said my aunt, with a grave look, and her forefinger held up.
  • Mr. Dick took his finger out of his mouth, on this hint, and stood among the group, with a grave and attentive expression of face.
  • ’You have a good deal of intelligence for a little fellow,’ he said, with a grave smile that belonged to him, ’and you understood me very well, I see.
  • I went, accompanied by Mr. Wickfield, to the scene of my future studies — a grave building in a courtyard, with a learned air about it that seemed very well suited to the stray rooks and jackdaws who came down from the Cathedral towers to walk with a clerkly bearing on the grass-plot — and was introduced to my new master, Doctor Strong.
  • ’I said that theer was on’y one thing furder,’ he proceeded with a grave smile, when he had made up his little bundle again, and put it in his pocket; ’but theer was two.
  • ’Do you think it did Edward harm, Clara?’ asked Mr. Murdstone, gravely.
  • ’No, Copperfield,’ says he, gravely, ’that’s not a dog.
  • He then gravely repaired to another table, where his sister sat herself at her desk.
  • Mr. Wickfield interposed, gravely.
  • ’Compensation to the lady, sir?’ asked Mr. Wickfield gravely.
  • ’To be sure he has,’ retorted Mr. Dick, nodding his head gravely.
  • ’And I said’ added Mr. Wickfield gravely, ’abroad.
  • He walked me up to my room slowly and gravely — I am certain he had a delight in that formal parade of executing justice — and when we got there, suddenly twisted my head under his arm.
  • ’Well, Mas’r Davy, in a general way, so ’t would be,’ he returned; ’but look’ee here, Mas’r Davy,’ lowering his voice, and speaking very gravely.
  • Meanwhile he took the mutton off the gridiron, and gravely handed it round.
  • ’Ah, Trot!’ said my aunt, shaking her head, and smiling gravely; ’blind, blind, blind!’
  • It was very gravely and decorously ordered, and on a sound system; with an appeal, in everything, to the honour and good faith of the boys, and an avowed intention to rely on their possession of those qualities unless they proved themselves unworthy of it, which worked wonders.
  • I returned to my fireside, and was musing, half gravely and half laughing, on the character of Mr. Micawber and the old relations between us, when I heard a quick step ascending the stairs.
  • Though she was just as sharp that day as on the day before, and was in and out about the donkeys just as often, and was thrown into a tremendous state of indignation, when a young man, going by, ogled Janet at a window (which was one of the gravest misdemeanours that could be committed against my aunt’s dignity), she seemed to me to command more of my respect, if not less of my fear.
  • Miss Clarissa looked at Miss Lavinia, and shook her head gravely.
  • In the silence that ensued, my aunt walked gravely up to Mr. Dick, without at all hurrying herself, and gave him a hug and a sounding kiss.
  • If I looked as gravely at him as Traddles did, he must have found our company by no means inspiriting.
  • Copperfield,’ said Mr. Micawber, gravely, ’I hope I see you well?’
  • The potential waiter waved him away, and turned, gravely, to me.
  • I could think of the past now, gravely, but not bitterly; and could contemplate the future in a brave spirit.
  • ’A prosperous one?’ said I. ’Trot,’ returned my aunt gravely, ’I can’t say.
  • ’Theer’s one thing furder, Mas’r Davy,’ said he, putting his hand in his breast-pocket, and gravely taking out the little paper bundle I had seen before, which he unrolled on the table.
  • We proposed that the family should have their passage and their outfit, and a hundred pounds; and that Mr. Micawber’s arrangement for the repayment of the advances should be gravely entered into, as it might be wholesome for him to suppose himself under that responsibility.
  • Of our kneeling down together, side by side; of Dora’s trembling less and less, but always clasping Agnes by the hand; of the service being got through, quietly and gravely; of our all looking at each other in an April state of smiles and tears, when it is over; of my young wife being hysterical in the vestry, and crying for her poor papa, her dear papa.

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  • Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
  • It was the day of the funeral and she was in a grave mood.

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