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tone
used in The Grapes of Wrath

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the tone of the essay
Definition
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
  • The questions of the driver had the tone of a subtle examination.
    Chapter 2 (40% in)
tone = general feel
  • And on the preacher's face there was a look not of prayer, but of thought; and in his tone not supplication, but conjecture.
    Chapter 8 (76% in)
  • Preachin's a kinda tone a voice, an' preachin's a way a lookin' at things.
    Chapter 10 (19% in)
  • He finished in the tone of a benediction, and Al reddened a little with pleasure.
    Chapter 10 (47% in)
  • Her tone had made him ashamed.
    Chapter 10 (52% in)
  • "His eyes was still open," said Ruthie in a hushed tone.
    Chapter 13 (34% in)
  • "It's sleep—" Ma said in a shamed tone.
    Chapter 13 (72% in)
  • Mae's tone was faltering.
    Chapter 15 (68% in)
  • Her tone was cold and final.
    Chapter 16 (23% in)
  • "Gonna pick peaches?" Pa's tone was dignified.
    Chapter 16 (86% in)
  • The words were not clear, only the tone.
    Chapter 18 (36% in)
  • Now a response filled in the pause, and the exhortation went up with a tone of triumph, and a growl of power came into the voice.
    Chapter 18 (36% in)
  • The camp was quiet in the blinding heat, but the noises of hot grass—of crickets, the hum of flies—were a tone that was close to silence.
    Chapter 18 (42% in)
  • Ma said, in a sharp matter-of-fact tone, "I don' see why him savin' Tom got to get you drunk."
    Chapter 20 (71% in)
  • Pa's voice took on her tone.
    Chapter 22 (96% in)
  • She put an interest in her tone.
    Chapter 24 (45% in)
  • And we all got on the same tone, an' I tell ya, it jus' seemed like that tank bulged an' give and swelled up.
    Chapter 26 (58% in)
  • "You git quick." There was no argument against such a tone. Ruthie and Winfield went reluctantly down the car.
    Chapter 30 (17% in)
  • Ruthie heard the threat in Ma's tone, and changed her tactics.
    Chapter 30 (86% in)

There are no more uses of "tone" flagged with this meaning in The Grapes of Wrath.

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  • Male and female voices had been one tone, but now in the middle of a response one woman's voice went up and up in a wailing cry, wild and fierce, like the cry of a beast; and a deeper woman's voice rose up beside it, a baying voice, and a man's voice traveled up the scale in the howl of a wolf.
    Chapter 18 (37% in)

There are no more uses of "tone" in The Grapes of Wrath.

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