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plaintive
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
expressing sadness or pleading
  • Even the poor baby at Hester's bosom was affected by the same influence, for it directed its hitherto vacant gaze towards Mr. Dimmesdale, and held up its little arms with a half-pleased, half-plaintive murmur.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (84% in)
  • And yet, majestic as the voice sometimes became, there was for ever in it an essential character of plaintiveness.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (66% in)

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