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solemn
used in Jane Eyre

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Definition
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
  • His nature was not changed by one hour of solemn prayer:
    Chapter 35 (85% in)
solemn = serious and dignified
  • This room was chill, because it seldom had a fire; it was silent, because remote from the nursery and kitchen; solemn, because it was known to be so seldom entered.
    Chapter 2 (30% in)
  • HE, for it was a man, turned his head slowly towards where I stood, and having examined me with the two inquisitive-looking grey eyes which twinkled under a pair of bushy brows, said solemnly, and in a bass voice, "Her size is small: what is her age?"
    Chapter 4 (40% in)
  • This, par parenthese, will be thought cool language by persons who entertain solemn doctrines about the angelic nature of children, and the duty of those charged with their education to conceive for them an idolatrous devotion: but I am not writing to flatter parental egotism, to echo cant, or prop up humbug; I am merely telling the truth.
    Chapter 12 (5% in)
  • ...and both my eyes and spirit seemed drawn from the gloomy house — from the grey-hollow filled with rayless cells, as it appeared to me — to that sky expanded before me, — a blue sea absolved from taint of cloud; the moon ascending it in solemn march; her orb seeming to look up as she left the hill-tops, from behind which she had come, far and farther below her, and aspired to the zenith, midnight dark in its fathomless depth and measureless distance; and for those trembling stars...
    Chapter 12 (89% in)
  • And what meaning is that in their solemn depth?
    Chapter 13 (85% in)
  • How very serious — how very solemn you look: and you are as ignorant of the matter as this cameo head" (taking one from the mantelpiece).
    Chapter 14 (71% in)
  • The Ladies Lynn and Ingram continued to consort in solemn conferences, where they nodded their two turbans at each other, and held up their four hands in confronting gestures of surprise, or mystery, or horror, according to the theme on which their gossip ran, like a pair of magnified puppets.
    Chapter 18 (51% in)
  • Miss Ingram rose solemnly: "I go first," she said, in a tone which might have befitted the leader of a forlorn hope, mounting a breach in the van of his men.
    Chapter 18 (85% in)
  • It was beautiful, but too solemn; I half rose, and stretched my arm to draw the curtain.
    Chapter 20 (1% in)
  • A strange and solemn object was that corpse to me.
    Chapter 21 (99% in)
  • I mused on the funeral day, the coffin, the hearse, the black train of tenants and servants — few was the number of relatives — the gaping vault, the silent church, the solemn service.
    Chapter 22 (29% in)
  • Where the sun had gone down in simple state — pure of the pomp of clouds — spread a solemn purple, burning with the light of red jewel and furnace flame at one point, on one hill-peak, and extending high and wide, soft and still softer, over half heaven.
    Chapter 23 (5% in)
  • Still bright on clouds of suffering dim Shines that soft, solemn joy; Nor care I now, how dense and grim Disasters gather nigh.
    Chapter 24 (87% in)
  • I heard them clear and soft: a thought too solemn perhaps, but sweet as music — 'I think it is a glorious thing to have the hope of living with you, Edward, because I love you.'
    Chapter 25 (62% in)
  • No, sir, I solemnly assure you to the contrary.
    Chapter 25 (75% in)
  • I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you, and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.
    Chapter 27 (73% in)
  • He would then say, with a peculiar smile, more solemn than cheerful — "And if I let a gust of wind or a sprinkling of rain turn me aside from these easy tasks, what preparation would such sloth be for the future I propose to myself?"
    Chapter 30 (21% in)
  • I saw his solemn eye melt with sudden fire, and flicker with resistless emotion.
    Chapter 31 (86% in)
  • One does not jump, and spring, and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune; one begins to consider responsibilities, and to ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood over our bliss with a solemn brow.
    Chapter 33 (45% in)
  • The thing was as impossible as to mould my irregular features to his correct and classic pattern, to give to my changeable green eyes the sea-blue tint and solemn lustre of his own.
    Chapter 34 (47% in)
  • "Do not let us forget that this is a solemn matter," he said ere long; "one of which we may neither think nor talk lightly without sin.
    Chapter 34 (85% in)
  • ...his lips fell the words of the Bible: never did his fine voice sound at once so sweet and full — never did his manner become so impressive in its noble simplicity, as when he delivered the oracles of God: and to-night that voice took a more solemn tone — that manner a more thrilling meaning — as he sat in the midst of his household circle (the May moon shining in through the uncurtained window, and rendering almost unnecessary the light of the candle on the table): as he sat there,...
    Chapter 35 (63% in)
  • Earnestness is ever deeply solemn: first, as I listened to that prayer, I wondered at his; then, when it continued and rose, I was touched by it, and at last awed.
    Chapter 35 (72% in)

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