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used in The Scarlet Letter

2 meanings, 12 uses
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1  —9 uses as in:
a pleasant countenance
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
  • Old Roger Chillingworth knelt down beside him, with a blank, dull countenance, out of which the life seemed to have departed.
    Chapter 23 — The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (86% in)
countenance = face
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • His countenance, in this repose, was mild and kindly.
    Introductory (41% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • There, beside the fireplace, the brave old General used to sit; while the Surveyor—though seldom, when it could be avoided, taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation—was fond of standing at a distance, and watching his quiet and almost slumberous countenance.
    Introductory (47% in)
  • countenance = face
  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.
    Chapter 2 — The Market Place (80% in)
  • countenances = faces
  • There she beheld another countenance, of a man well stricken in years, a pale, thin, scholar-like visage, with eyes dim and bleared by the lamp-light that had served them to pore over many ponderous books.
    Chapter 2 — The Market Place (92% in)
  • countenance = face
  • It might be, on this one day, that there was an expression unseen before, nor, indeed, vivid enough to be detected now; unless some preternaturally gifted observer should have first read the heart, and have afterwards sought a corresponding development in the countenance and mien.
    Chapter 21 — The New England Holiday (9% in)
  • countenance = facial expression
  • A party of Indians—in their savage finery of curiously embroidered deerskin robes, wampum-belts, red and yellow ochre, and feathers, and armed with the bow and arrow and stone-headed spear—stood apart with countenances of inflexible gravity, beyond what even the Puritan aspect could attain.
    Chapter 21 — The New England Holiday (69% in)
  • countenances = faces
  • The traits of character here indicated were well represented in the square cast of countenance and large physical development of the new colonial magistrates.
    Chapter 22 — The Procession (19% in)
  • countenance = face
  • Hester's strong, calm steadfastly-enduring spirit almost sank, at last, on beholding this dark and grim countenance of an inevitable doom, which at the moment when a passage seemed to open for the minister and herself out of their labyrinth of misery—showed itself with an unrelenting smile, right in the midst of their path.
    Chapter 22 — The Procession (87% in)
countenance = facial expression
There are no more uses of "countenance" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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2  —3 uses as in:
giving countenance
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • ...society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
    Chapter 13 — Another View of Hester (37% in)
countenance = tolerance
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This idea was countenanced by the strong interest which the physician ever manifested in the young clergyman; he attached himself to him as a parishioner, and sought to win a friendly regard and confidence from his naturally reserved sensibility.
    Chapter 9 — The Leech (34% in)
  • countenanced = given support
  • Then, too, the people were countenanced, if not encouraged, in relaxing the severe and close application to their various modes of rugged industry, which at all other times, seemed of the same piece and material with their religion.
    Chapter 21 — The New England Holiday (53% in)
countenanced = tolerated
There are no more uses of "countenance" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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