All 8 Uses of
The Great Gatsby
- All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep school for me, and finally said, "Why — ye-es," with very grave, hesitant faces.
p. 3..7grave = serious and solemn
- A massage and a wave, and a collar for the dog, and one of those cute little ash-trays where you touch a spring, and a wreath with a black silk bow for mother's grave that'll last all summer.†
- We shook hands with him gravely and went back outdoors.
p. 46..5gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
- Then in a grave murmur: "His name is Ferdie."
p. 85..8grave = serious and solemn
- A change had come over him, and he spoke gravely, and with decision.
p. 141..9 *gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
- I was relieved too, for that seemed to promise another friend at Gatsby's grave.†
- The rain poured down his thick glasses, and he took them off and wiped them to see the protecting canvas unrolled from Gatsby's grave.†
- Gravely the men turn in at a house — the wrong house.
p. 176..8gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
(grave as in: Her manner was grave.) serious and/or solemnThe exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
- "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." -- important, dangerous, or causing worry
- "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." -- sad or solemn
- "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." -- in a sincere and serious manner