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used in The Scarlet Letter

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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • ...few things hidden from the man who devotes himself earnestly and unreservedly to the solution of a mystery.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (72% in)
earnestly = seriously
  • Planted deep, in the town's earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
    Introductory (18% in)
  • When such personages could constitute a part of the spectacle, without risking the majesty, or reverence of rank and office, it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (77% in)
  • His eloquence and religious fervour had already given the earnest of high eminence in his profession.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (67% in)
  • He presented the cup to Hester, who received it with a slow, earnest look into his face; not precisely a look of fear, yet full of doubt and questioning as to what his purposes might be.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (39% in)
  • Beholding it, Hester was constrained to rush towards the child—to pursue the little elf in the flight which she invariably began—to snatch her to her bosom with a close pressure and earnest kisses—not so much from overflowing love as to assure herself that Pearl was flesh and blood, and not utterly delusive.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (35% in)
  • These outbreaks of a fierce temper had a kind of value, and even comfort for the mother; because there was at least an intelligible earnestness in the mood, instead of the fitful caprice that so often thwarted her in the child's manifestations.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (55% in)
  • Nor did she put the question altogether idly, but, for the moment, with a portion of genuine earnestness; for, such was Pearl's wonderful intelligence, that her mother half doubted whether she were not acquainted with the secret spell of her existence, and might not now reveal herself.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (90% in)
  • "Hush, child—hush!" said her mother, earnestly.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (97% in)
  • This child of its father's guilt and its mother's shame has come from the hand of God, to work in many ways upon her heart, who pleads so earnestly and with such bitterness of spirit the right to keep her.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (68% in)
  • "You speak, my friend, with a strange earnestness," said old Roger Chillingworth, smiling at him.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (77% in)
  • By those best acquainted with his habits, the paleness of the young minister's cheek was accounted for by his too earnest devotion to study, his scrupulous fulfilment of parochial duty, and more than all, to the fasts and vigils of which he made a frequent practice, in order to keep the grossness of this earthly state from clogging and obscuring his spiritual lamp.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (22% in)
  • "Perchance," said Mr. Dimmesdale, "he earnestly desired it, but could not."
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (23% in)
  • Wherefore not; since all the powers of nature call so earnestly for the confession of sin, that these black weeds have sprung up out of a buried heart, to make manifest, an outspoken crime?
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (24% in)
  • "What see you in my face," asked the physician, "that you look at it so earnestly?"
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (32% in)
  • But all my life had been made up of earnest, studious, thoughtful, quiet years, bestowed faithfully for the increase of mine own knowledge, and faithfully, too, though this latter object was but casual to the other—faithfully for the advancement of human welfare.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (69% in)
  • But in good earnest now, mother dear, what does this scarlet letter mean?
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (59% in)
  • She took her mother's hand in both her own, and gazed into her eyes with an earnestness that was seldom seen in her wild and capricious character.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (61% in)
  • As for little Pearl, the earnestness soon passed out of her face.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (93% in)
  • "Oh, a story about the Black Man," answered Pearl, taking hold of her mother's gown, and looking up, half earnestly, half mischievously, into her face.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (42% in)
  • "If in all these past seven years," thought he, "I could recall one instant of peace or hope, I would yet endure, for the sake of that earnest of Heaven's mercy.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (33% in)
  • However, leaving that mystery to solve itself, or go unsolved for ever, he drove his task onward with earnest haste and ecstasy.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (98% in)
  • It might be the exhilaration of that potent cordial which is distilled only in the furnace-glow of earnest and long-continued thought.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (26% in)
  • "Hester Prynne," cried he, with a piercing earnestness, "in the name of Him, so terrible and so merciful, who gives me grace, at this last moment, to do what—for my own heavy sin and miserable agony—I withheld myself from doing seven years ago, come hither now, and twine thy strength about me!
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (55% in)

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