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used in The House of the Seven Gables

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characterized by sincere belief


intensely or excessively serious
  • How strangely in earnest you are!
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (94% in)
in earnest = serious
  • If one of the family did but gurgle in his throat, a bystander would be likely enough to whisper, between jest and earnest, "He has Maule's blood to drink!"
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (65% in)
  • Hepzibah fancied that there was something peculiar in her venerable friend's look and tone; insomuch, that she gazed into his face with considerable earnestness, endeavoring to discover what secret meaning, if any, might be lurking there.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (60% in)
  • —or else her earnest scowl disturbed his recollection, as it might a more courageous man's.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (69% in)
  • Hepzibah bade her young guest sit down, and, herself taking a chair near by, looked as earnestly at Phoebe's trim little figure as if she expected to see right into its springs and motive secrets.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (22% in)
  • "Is there nothing wild in the eye?" continued Holgrave, so earnestly that it embarrassed Phoebe, as did also the quiet freedom with which he presumed on their so recent acquaintance.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (63% in)
  • He retired towards his own solitary gable, but turned his head, on reaching the door, and called to Phoebe, with a tone which certainly had laughter in it, yet which seemed to be more than half in earnest.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (79% in)
  • Do not refuse my good offices,—my earnest propositions for your welfare!
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (81% in)
  • Is not the world sad enough, in genuine earnest, without making a pastime of mock sorrows?
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (9% in)
  • The pale, gray, childish, aged, melancholy, yet often simply cheerful, and sometimes delicately intelligent aspect of Clifford, peering from behind the faded crimson of the curtain,—watching the monotony of every-day occurrences with a kind of inconsequential interest and earnestness, and, at every petty throb of his sensibility, turning for sympathy to the eyes of the bright young girl!
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (6% in)
  • "—and over the whole city the bells scattered the blessed sounds, now slowly, now with livelier joy, now one bell alone, now all the bells together, crying earnestly,—"It is the Sabbath!
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (63% in)
  • "Dear brother," said she earnestly, "let us go!
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (72% in)
  • But, had you peeped at them through the chinks of the garden-fence, the young man's earnestness and heightened color might have led you to suppose that he was making love to the young girl!
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (69% in)
  • "Shall we never, never get rid of this Past?" cried he, keeping up the earnest tone of his preceding conversation.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (71% in)
  • Mr. Pyncheon took her hand, and pressed it with the earnestness of startled emotion.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (79% in)
  • "And you have never felt it before?" inquired the artist, looking earnestly at the girl through the twilight.
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (32% in)
  • "Cousin Hepzibah," said the Judge, with an impressive earnestness of manner, which grew even to tearful pathos as he proceeded, "is it possible that you do not perceive how unjust, how unkind, how unchristian, is this constant, this long-continued bitterness against me, for a part which I was constrained by duty and conscience, by the force of law, and at my own peril, to act?
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (24% in)
  • "I should think not," said the old gentleman, eyeing Clifford earnestly, and rather apprehensively.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (65% in)
  • The butcher was so much in earnest with his sweetbread of lamb, or whatever the dainty might be, that he tried every accessible door of the Seven Gables, and at length came round again to the shop, where he ordinarily found admittance.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (47% in)
  • "How can you love a simple girl like me?" asked Phoebe, compelled by his earnestness to speak.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (72% in)
  • "I would not have it so!" said Phoebe earnestly.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (79% in)

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