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discourse
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
  • The life of the garden offered topics enough for such discourse as suited Clifford best.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (13% in)
  • A prayer and discourse from the Rev. Mr. Higginson, and the outpouring of a psalm from the general throat of the community, was to be made acceptable to the grosser sense by ale, cider, wine, and brandy, in copious effusion, and, as some authorities aver, by an ox, roasted whole, or at least, by the weight and substance of an ox, in more manageable joints and sirloins.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (23% in)
  • In old Colonel Pyncheon's funeral discourse the clergyman absolutely canonized his deceased parishioner, and opening, as it were, a vista through the roof of the church, and thence through the firmament above, showed him seated, harp in hand, among the crowned choristers of the spiritual world.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (39% in)
  • Without directly answering her, he turned from the Future, which had heretofore been the theme of his discourse, and began to speak of the influences of the Past.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (71% in)

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