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grave
used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

14 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
Her manner was grave.
Definition
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
  • "I suppose," he said gravely, knowing suddenly that he was.
    p. 390.2
  • "You say you've had this all your life?" he asked the woman gravely, releasing her hand.
    p. 107.7
  • "I'd be honored," he said gravely.
    p. 318.5
  • Paul nodded without speaking, looking at her gravely; her gesture seemed right to him, somehow.
    p. 386.2

There are no more uses of "grave" flagged with this meaning in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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exact meaning not specified
  • Norah watched him move toward her as if pulled by gravity, Michelle's face lifting at the sight of him.
    p. 334.7
  • Still, he remembered the depth and endurance of his mother's grief, the way she walked uphill to the grave every morning, her arms folded against whatever weather she encountered.
    p. 17.4
  • The disorder of the house pressed on her like a weight, as if the very sunlight had taken on substance, gravity.
    p. 45.1
  • Grave, Caroline thought, watching Norah's long legs bending, so graceful, kneeling suddenly in the mud.
    p. 68.5
  • Instead, he went into the gallery room and stood in the moonlight with the wet photo in his hands, looking at his house, darkened now, Paul and Norah inside, dreaming their private dreams, moving in their own orbits, their lives constantly shaped by the gravity of the choice he'd made so many years ago.
    p. 203.9
  • His face altered, the shape of it even, as if gravity had suddenly gotten stronger.
    p. 245.1
  • Rosemary sat at the table, grave and still.
    p. 272.1
  • She had not been to the grave on Bentley's farm for years.
    p. 304.0
  • We visited her grave," he said, remembering his mother walking through the cast-iron gate with her arms full of flowers, telling him to wait in the car.
    p. 382.6
  • They followed the path for a while, past the monuments and the pond with the ducks, until he guided her across the grass to the stone that marked their father's grave.
    p. 399.9

There are no more uses of "grave" in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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