We go down the old trap [he places himself on the grave trap]. (not reviewed by editor)
They clear away vast masses of oppressive gravity by their sense of the ridiculous, which is at bottom a combination of sound moral judgment with lighthearted good humor. (not reviewed by editor)
Now my friend the romantic man was often too poor or too timid to approach those women who were beautiful or refined enough to seem to realize his ideal; and so he went to his grave believing in his dream. (not reviewed by editor)
…dares meddle with them now: the stately Times itself is alone sufficiently above suspicion to act as your chaperone; and even the Times must sometimes thank its stars that new plays are not produced every day, since after each such event its gravity is compromised, its platitude turned to epigram, its portentousness to wit, its propriety to elegance, and even its decorum into naughtiness by criticisms which the traditions of the paper do not allow you to sign at the end, but which you… (not reviewed by editor)
[testily] For goodness' sake, don't call him Jack under my roof [he throws the book violently down on the table, Then, somewhat relieved, he comes past the table to Octavius, and addresses him at close quarters with impressive gravity]. (not reviewed by editor)
[He places himself on the grave trap beside The Devil. (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.