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tremulous
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
  • ...with every successive Sabbath, his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before...
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (38% in)
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • His voice and laugh, which perpetually re-echoed through the Custom-House, had nothing of the tremulous quaver and cackle of an old man's utterance; they came strutting out of his lungs, like the crow of a cock, or the blast of a clarion.
    Introductory (33% in)
  • He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow; large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (68% in)
  • The trying nature of his position drove the blood from his cheek, and made his lips tremulous.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (74% in)
  • The young pastor's voice was tremulously sweet, rich, deep, and broken.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (81% in)
  • "There is truth in what she says," began the minister, with a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful, insomuch that the hall re-echoed and the hollow armour rang with it—"truth in what Hester says, and in the feeling which inspires her!
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (63% in)
  • The young minister, on ceasing to speak had withdrawn a few steps from the group, and stood with his face partially concealed in the heavy folds of the window-curtain; while the shadow of his figure, which the sunlight cast upon the floor, was tremulous with the vehemence of his appeal.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (82% in)
  • Not the less, however, though with a tremulous enjoyment, did he feel the occasional relief of looking at the universe through the medium of another kind of intellect than those with which he habitually held converse.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (53% in)
  • More than once he had cleared his throat, and drawn in the long, deep, and tremulous breath, which, when sent forth again, would come burdened with the black secret of his soul.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (64% in)
  • He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice which invariably drew him back, with her tremulous gripe, just when the other impulse had hurried him to the verge of a disclosure.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (8% in)
  • It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (11% in)
  • The minister tremulously, but decidedly, repelled the old man's arm.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (38% in)
  • "Hush, Hester—hush!" said he, with tremulous solemnity.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (94% in)

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