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persist
used in The House of the Seven Gables

6 uses
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Definition
to continue — often despite difficulty
  • Efforts, it is true, were made by the Pyncheons, not only then, but at various periods for nearly a hundred years afterwards, to obtain what they stubbornly persisted in deeming their right.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (55% in)
  • Her scowl,—as the world, or such part of it as sometimes caught a transitory glimpse of her at the window, wickedly persisted in calling it,—her scowl had done Miss Hepzibah a very ill office, in establishing her character as an ill-tempered old maid; nor does it appear improbable that, by often gazing at herself in a dim looking-glass, and perpetually encountering her own frown with its ghostly sphere, she had been led to interpret the expression almost as unjustly as the world did.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (35% in)
  • Then, all at once, it struck Phoebe that this very Judge Pyncheon was the original of the miniature which the daguerreotypist had shown her in the garden, and that the hard, stern, relentless look, now on his face, was the same that the sun had so inflexibly persisted in bringing out.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (24% in)
  • During the whole preceding discussion and subsequent formalities, the old Puritan's portrait seems to have persisted in its shadowy gestures of disapproval; but without effect, except that, as Mr. Pyncheon set down the emptied glass, he thought he beheld his grandfather frown.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (55% in)
  • He persisted in his melodious appeals; he still looked upward, trusting that his dark, alien countenance would soon be brightened by Phoebe's sunny aspect.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (62% in)
  • "You are strong!" persisted Holgrave.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (20% in)

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