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certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
  • The inevitable moment was not much longer to be delayed.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (87% in)
inevitable = certain to happen
  • Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, together with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which mortals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (5% in)
  • The impression of its actual state, at this distance of a hundred and sixty years, darkens inevitably through the picture which we would fain give of its appearance on the morning when the Puritan magnate bade all the town to be his guests.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (23% in)
  • When the pathless forest that still covered this wild principality should give place—as it inevitably must, though perhaps not till ages hence—to the golden fertility of human culture, it would be the source of incalculable wealth to the Pyncheon blood.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (52% in)
  • "How miserably cross I look!" she must often have whispered to herself; and ultimately have fancied herself so, by a sense of inevitable doom.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (37% in)
  • The miniature, likewise, had this last peculiarity; so that you inevitably thought of the original as resembling his mother, and she a lovely and lovable woman, with perhaps some beautiful infirmity of character, that made it all the pleasanter to know and easier to love her.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (28% in)
  • The distinguishing mark of the hens was a crest of lamentably scanty growth, in these latter days, but so oddly and wickedly analogous to Hepzibah's turban, that Phoebe—to the poignant distress of her conscience, but inevitably—was led to fancy a general resemblance betwixt these forlorn bipeds and her respectable relative.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (30% in)
  • At such moments, Hepzibah would fling out her arms, and infold Phoebe in them, and kiss her cheek as tenderly as ever her mother had; she appeared to do so by an inevitable impulse, and as if her bosom were oppressed with tenderness, of which she must needs pour out a little, in order to gain breathing-room.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (23% in)
  • It was perceptible, even there, in the dark old parlor, in the inevitable polarity with which his eyes were attracted towards the quivering play of sunbeams through the shadowy foliage.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (66% in)
  • The long lapse of intervening years, in a climate so unlike that which had fostered the ancestral Englishman, must inevitably have wrought important changes in the physical system of his descendant.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (33% in)
  • But, besides these cold, formal, and empty words of the chisel that inscribes, the voice that speaks, and the pen that writes, for the public eye and for distant time,—and which inevitably lose much of their truth and freedom by the fatal consciousness of so doing,—there were traditions about the ancestor, and private diurnal gossip about the Judge, remarkably accordant in their testimony.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (42% in)
  • A flower, for instance, as Phoebe herself observed, always began to droop sooner in Clifford's hand, or Hepzibah's, than in her own; and by the same law, converting her whole daily life into a flower fragrance for these two sickly spirits, the blooming girl must inevitably droop and fade much sooner than if worn on a younger and happier breast.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (10% in)
  • Inevitably, by the pressure of the seclusion about them, they had been brought into habits of some familiarity.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (17% in)
  • And when, with the years settling down more weightily upon him, his early faith should be modified by inevitable experience, it would be with no harsh and sudden revolution of his sentiments.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (53% in)
  • Very possibly, he forgot Phoebe while he talked to her, and was moved only by the inevitable tendency of thought, when rendered sympathetic by enthusiasm and emotion, to flow into the first safe reservoir which it finds.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (68% in)
  • He beckoned with his hand, and, rising from her chair,—blindly, but undoubtingly, as tending to her sure and inevitable centre,—the proud Alice approached him.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (83% in)
  • And allowing that, many, many years ago, in his early and reckless youth, he had committed some one wrong act,—or that, even now, the inevitable force of circumstances should occasionally make him do one questionable deed among a thousand praiseworthy, or, at least, blameless ones,—would you characterize the Judge by that one necessary deed, and that half-forgotten act, and let it overshadow the fair aspect of a lifetime?
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (54% in)
  • Anything that would take her out of the grievous present, and interpose human beings betwixt herself and what was nearest to her,—whatever would defer for an instant the inevitable errand on which she was bound,—all such impediments were welcome.
    Chapter 16 — Clifford's Chamber (16% in)
  • Sleep; sport; business; graver or lighter study; and the common and inevitable movement onward!
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (33% in)
  • It had just occurred to me, on the contrary, that this admirable invention of the railroad—with the vast and inevitable improvements to be looked for, both as to speed and convenience—is destined to do away with those stale ideas of home and fireside, and substitute something better.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (45% in)
  • The gloom has not entered from without; it has brooded here all day, and now, taking its own inevitable time, will possess itself of everything.
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (53% in)
  • He appeared, it is true, to feel the whole awfulness of the Judge's death, yet had received the fact into his mind without any mixture of surprise, but as an event preordained, happening inevitably, and so fitting itself into past occurrences that it could almost have been prophesied.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (36% in)
  • The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (77% in)

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