All 8 Uses of
Lord of the Flies
- Murmur; and the grave nodding of heads.
p. 36..2grave = serious and solemn
- More grave nodding; they knew about nightmares.
p. 36..6 *
- There was no laughter at all now and more grave watching.
- "Altos, you can keep the fire going this week, and trebles the next—" The assembly assented gravely.
p. 43..2gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
- Roger understood and nodded gravely. [as Jack explained that he put clay on his face so he wouldn't be seen while hunting]
- First went Ralph, the white conch cradled, then Piggy very grave, then the twins, then the littluns and the others.
p. 141..7grave = serious and solemn
- "But the—" They were regarding him gravely, not yet troubled by any doubts about his sufficiency.
p. 141..9gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
- Roger looked at him gravely.
(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