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solemn
used in The Age of Innocence

7 uses
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in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
  • Their large solemn house in Madison Avenue was seldom opened, and when they came to town they received in it only their most intimate friends.
    Chapter 6 (97% in)
  • Then the house had been boldly planned with a ball-room, so that, instead of squeezing through a narrow passage to get to it (as at the Chiverses') one marched solemnly down a vista of enfiladed drawing-rooms (the sea-green, the crimson and the bouton d'or), seeing from afar the many-candled lustres reflected in the polished parquetry, and beyond that the depths of a conservatory where camellias and tree-ferns arched their costly foliage over seats of black and gold bamboo.
    Chapter 3 (43% in)
  • The double doors had solemnly reopened and between them appeared Mr. Henry van der Luyden, tall, spare and frock-coated, with faded fair hair, a straight nose like his wife's and the same look of frozen gentleness in eyes that were merely pale grey instead of pale blue.
    Chapter 7 (33% in)
  • The occasion was a solemn one, and he wondered a little nervously how she would carry it off.
    Chapter 8 (28% in)
  • After the portieres had solemnly closed behind their visitor a silence fell upon the Archer family.
    Chapter 10 (96% in)
  • Her large pink face was appropriately solemn, and her plum-coloured satin with pale blue side-panels, and blue ostrich plumes in a small satin bonnet, met with general approval; but before she had settled herself with a stately rustle in the pew opposite Mrs. Archer's the spectators were craning their necks to see who was coming after her.
    Chapter 19 (32% in)
  • And he understood for the first time the earnestness with which May, who was incapable of tying a ribbon in her hair to charm him, had gone through the solemn rite of selecting and ordering her extensive wardrobe.
    Chapter 20 (55% in)

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