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used in The House of the Seven Gables

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for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
  • Her humble preparations, therefore, were duly made, and the enterprise was now to be commenced.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (80% in)
  • The author has considered it hardly worth his while, therefore, relentlessly to impale the story with its moral as with an iron rod,—or, rather, as by sticking a pin through a butterfly,—thus at once depriving it of life, and causing it to stiffen in an ungainly and unnatural attitude.
    Preface (60% in)
  • He would be glad, therefore, if-especially in the quarter to which he alludes-the book may be read strictly as a Romance, having a great deal more to do with the clouds overhead than with any portion of the actual soil of the County of Essex.
    Preface (94% in)
  • With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,—pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,—we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (3% in)
  • It would be bold, therefore, and possibly unjust, to venture a decisive opinion as to its merits; although it appears to have been at least a matter of doubt, whether Colonel Pyncheon's claim were not unduly stretched, in order to make it cover the small metes and bounds of Matthew Maule.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (8% in)
  • He therefore dug his cellar, and laid the deep foundations of his mansion, on the square of earth whence Matthew Maule, forty years before, had first swept away the fallen leaves.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (19% in)
  • Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,—for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,—familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (23% in)
  • His son lacked not merely the father's eminent position, but the talent and force of character to achieve it: he could, therefore, effect nothing by dint of political interest; and the bare justice or legality of the claim was not so apparent, after the Colonel's decease, as it had been pronounced in his lifetime.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (54% in)
  • This impalpable claim, therefore, resulted in nothing more solid than to cherish, from generation to generation, an absurd delusion of family importance, which all along characterized the Pyncheons.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (56% in)
  • Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (2% in)
  • And, therefore, since we have been unfortunate enough to introduce our heroine at so inauspicious a juncture, we would entreat for a mood of due solemnity in the spectators of her fate.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (71% in)
  • On the whole, therefore, her new experience led our decayed gentlewoman to very disagreeable conclusions as to the temper and manners of what she termed the lower classes, whom heretofore she had looked down upon with a gentle and pitying complaisance, as herself occupying a sphere of unquestionable superiority.
    Chapter 3 — The First Customer (93% in)
  • It was more probable, therefore, that the descendants of a Pyncheon who had emigrated to Virginia, in some past generation, and became a great planter there,—hearing of Hepzibah's destitution, and impelled by the splendid generosity of character with which their Virginian mixture must have enriched the New England blood,—would send her a remittance of a thousand dollars, with a hint of repeating the favor annually.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (65% in)
  • To Hepzibah's blunt observation, therefore, Phoebe replied as frankly, and more cheerfully.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (26% in)
  • It betokened the cheeriness of an active temperament, finding joy in its activity, and, therefore, rendering it beautiful; it was a New England trait,—the stern old stuff of Puritanism with a gold thread in the web.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (43% in)
  • They are conscious of looking very unamiable, I suppose, and therefore hate to be seen.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (49% in)
  • You can trim and tend them, therefore, as you please; and I will ask only the least trifle of a blossom, now and then, in exchange for all the good, honest kitchen vegetables with which I propose to enrich Miss Hepzibah's table.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (71% in)
  • Her zeal over the fire, therefore, was quite an heroic test of sentiment.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (10% in)
  • Shall we venture to pronounce, therefore, that his long and black calamity may not have had a redeeming drop of mercy at the bottom?
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (91% in)
  • Was it, therefore, no momentary mood, but, however skilfully concealed, the settled temper of his life?
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (24% in)
  • We shall only add, therefore, that the Puritan—so, at least, says chimney-corner tradition, which often preserves traits of character with marvellous fidelity—was bold, imperious, relentless, crafty; laying his purposes deep, and following them out with an inveteracy of pursuit that knew neither rest nor conscience; trampling on the weak, and, when essential to his ends, doing his utmost to beat down the strong.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (50% in)
  • Thus it happened, that when Phoebe heard a certain noise in Judge Pyncheon's throat,—rather habitual with him, not altogether voluntary, yet indicative of nothing, unless it were a slight bronchial complaint, or, as some people hinted, an apoplectic symptom,—when the girl heard this queer and awkward ingurgitation (which the writer never did hear, and therefore cannot describe), she very foolishly started, and clasped her hands.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (56% in)
  • I will just step in, therefore, and see for myself how Clifford is, and assure him and Hepzibah of my kindly feelings and best wishes.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (68% in)
  • She therefore turned to Phoebe, and resigned the task into the young girl's hands.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (28% in)
  • Therefore, it was well that Phoebe so often chose sad themes, and not amiss that they ceased to be so sad while she was singing them.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (51% in)
  • And, therefore, to this man,—whose whole poor and impalpable enjoyment of existence heretofore, and until both his heart and fancy died within him, had been a dream,—whose images of women had more and more lost their warmth and substance, and been frozen, like the pictures of secluded artists, into the chillest ideality,—to him, this little figure of the cheeriest household life was just what he required to bring him back into the breathing world.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (63% in)
  • On Sundays, after Phoebe had been at church,—for the girl had a church-going conscience, and would hardly have been at ease had she missed either prayer, singing, sermon, or benediction,—after church-time, therefore, there was, ordinarily, a sober little festival in the garden.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (72% in)
  • Take it, therefore, while you may.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (**% in)
  • We have no right among human beings,—no right anywhere but in this old house, which has a curse on it, and which, therefore, we are doomed to haunt!
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (77% in)
  • Behold him, therefore, at the arched window, with an earthen pipe in his mouth!
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (92% in)
  • Strength is incomprehensible by weakness, and, therefore, the more terrible.
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (**% in)
  • Both, it is true, were characters proper to New England life, and possessing a common ground, therefore, in their more external developments; but as unlike, in their respective interiors, as if their native climes had been at world-wide distance.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (18% in)
  • Homeless as he had been,—continually changing his whereabout, and, therefore, responsible neither to public opinion nor to individuals,—putting off one exterior, and snatching up another, to be soon shifted for a third,—he had never violated the innermost man, but had carried his conscience along with him.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (30% in)
  • He could talk sagely about the world's old age, but never actually believed what he said; he was a young man still, and therefore looked upon the world—that gray-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable—as a tender stripling, capable of being improved into all that it ought to be, but scarcely yet had shown the remotest promise of becoming.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (47% in)
  • It is obvious to conclude, therefore, that he had grounds, not apparent to his heirs, for his confident anticipation of success in the matter of this Eastern claim.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (36% in)
  • You will therefore oblige me, my dear Alice, by answering this person's inquiries, and complying with his lawful and reasonable requests, so far as they may appear to have the aforesaid object in view.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (66% in)
  • Henceforth, therefore, he did but consent, not urge it.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (74% in)
  • And, therefore, while Alice Pyncheon lived, she was Maule's slave, in a bondage more humiliating, a thousand-fold, than that which binds its chain around the body.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (93% in)
  • Let us, therefore,—whatever his defects of nature and education, and in spite of his scorn for creeds and institutions,—concede to the daguerreotypist the rare and high quality of reverence for another's individuality.
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (9% in)
  • Phoebe took leave of the desolate couple, and passed through the shop, twinkling her eyelids to shake off a dew-drop; for—considering how brief her absence was to be, and therefore the folly of being cast down about it—she would not so far acknowledge her tears as to dry them with her handkerchief.
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (88% in)
  • His conscience, therefore, usually considered the surest witness to a man's integrity,—his conscience, unless it might be for the little space of five minutes in the twenty-four hours, or, now and then, some black day in the whole year's circle,—his conscience bore an accordant testimony with the world's laudatory voice.
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (35% in)
  • Behold, therefore, a palace!
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (41% in)
  • There was no great probability, therefore, of his volunteering information, out of his dungeon, that should elevate me still higher on the ladder of prosperity.
    Chapter 15 — The Scowl and Smile (78% in)
  • Now, probably, they were felt to be in keeping with the dismal and bitter weather, and therefore did not stand out in strong relief, as if the sun were shining on them, but melted into the gray gloom and were forgotten as soon as gone.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (15% in)
  • At last, therefore, and after so long estrangement from everything that the world acted or enjoyed, they had been drawn into the great current of human life, and were swept away with it, as by the suction of fate itself.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (23% in)
  • Why, therefore, should he build a more cumbrous habitation than can readily be carried off with him?
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (54% in)
  • Up, therefore, Judge Pyncheon, up!
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (50% in)
  • His hair will not bristle, therefore, at the stories which—in times when chimney-corners had benches in them, where old people sat poking into the ashes of the past, and raking out traditions like live coals—used to be told about this very room of his ancestral house.
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (68% in)
  • Therefore, the Italian boy would not be discouraged by the heavy silence with which the old house seemed resolute to clog the vivacity of his instrument.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (62% in)
  • Without hesitation, therefore, she stepped across the threshold, and had no sooner entered than the door closed behind her.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (**% in)
  • Without taking away her hand, she looked eagerly in his face, not quick to forebode evil, but unavoidably conscious that the state of the family had changed since her departure, and therefore anxious for an explanation.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (7% in)
  • The door, therefore, which they supposed to be securely locked,—which Holgrave, indeed, had seen to be so, and at which Phoebe had vainly tried to enter,—must have been opened from without.
    Chapter 20 — The Flower of Eden (88% in)
  • In the very presence of the dead man, therefore, he laid a scheme that should free himself at the expense of Clifford, his rival, for whose character he had at once a contempt and a repugnance.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (29% in)

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