’It is a tale of life, and life is made up of such sorrows,’ returned the other, courteously, but in a grave and sad tone of voice.
’I remember my niece,’ said Mr Lillyvick, surveying his audience with a grave air; ’I remember her, on that very afternoon, when she first acknowledged to her mother a partiality for Kenwigs.’
The monk answered not, save by a grave inclination of the head, and the sisters pursued their task in silence.
At length, he drew a long slow breath, and still maintaining his position on the tilted stool, glanced at brother Charles, secretly pointed with the feather of his pen towards Nicholas, and nodded his head in a grave and resolute manner, plainly signifying ’He’ll do.’
’Ha!’ said Nicholas, gravely.
’Ah! extraordinary indeed,’ rejoined Mr Crummles, taking a complacent pinch of snuff, and shaking his head gravely.
’Miss Nickleby,’ said Mrs Wititterly, ’I wish to speak to you very gravely.
With an assumption of kindness which sat worse upon him even than his usual manner, Mr Ralph Nickleby motioned to the young lady to precede him, and bowing gravely to Miss La Creevy, closed the door and followed upstairs, where Mrs Nickleby received him with many expressions of regard.
No, no no.’ ’No, no, no,’ returned the other, nodding his head gravely.
’Very well,’ replied Mr Linkinwater, gravely.
’Ah!’ said Mrs Nickleby, gravely shaking her head; ’if Nicholas knew what his poor dear papa suffered before we were engaged, when I used to hate him, he would have a little more feeling.
’A very beautiful young lady,’ said Mr Cheeryble, gravely.
Should I not appear a most arrogant and shallow coxcomb if I gravely represented that there was any danger of her falling in love with me?
Mrs Nickleby looked rather disconcerted for a moment, but immediately recovering, nodded to Miss La Creevy and the other spectators several times, and frowned, and smiled gravely, giving them to understand that she saw where the mistake was, and would set it all to rights in a minute or two.
Some of the craftiest scoundrels that ever walked this earth, or rather—for walking implies, at least, an erect position and the bearing of a man—that ever crawled and crept through life by its dirtiest and narrowest ways, will gravely jot down in diaries the events of every day, and keep a regular debtor and creditor account with Heaven, which shall always show a floating balance in their own favour.
…favour or fortune with the brothers Cheeryble, now that their nephew had returned, already deep in calculations whether that same nephew was likely to rival him in the affections of the fair unknown—discussing the matter with himself too, as gravely as if, with that one exception, it were all settled; and recurring to the subject again and again, and feeling quite indignant and ill-used at the notion of anybody else making love to one with whom he had never exchanged a word in all his…
If a parent asks a question in the classical, commercial, or mathematical line, says I, gravely, "Why, sir, in the first place, are you a philosopher?
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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.