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used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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serious; or making one serious or calm
  • ...and then she was laughing with Hannah. But instantly she sobered again.
    p. 96.6
sobered = became serious
  • But the majority were soberly and poorly clad, and here and there, in the farthermost pews, Kit glimpsed the familiar black faces that must be slaves.
    p. 53.7
  • soberly = plainly and respectably (without decoration)
  • "'tis not quite fair, really," Mercy considered soberly, "to hold it against Kit, just because we thought—"
    p. 67.1
  • soberly = in a serious manner
  • Sober little adults they had appeared on that first day, dressed in fashions much like their parents'.
    p. 84.8
  • sober = serious-minded
  • The sober young divinity student seemed an odd match for Judith's high spirits.
    p. 102.1
  • sober = serious-minded
  • Watching Mercy this morning, she thought again, soberly, of the words that Mercy had spoken earlier in the summer.
    p. 111.5
  • soberly = in a serious manner
  • "I can't try yet," he reminded her soberly.
    p. 139.9
  • soberly = in a serious manner
  • The third time he stood looking soberly down at her.
    p. 179.1
  • soberly = in a serious manner
  • Kit could have laughed out loud, but a look at Goodwife Cruff sobered her.
    p. 198.9
  • sobered = made serious
  • No one paid attention to the two tardy guests who appeared at the door, letting in a gust of wind, till suddenly a woman screamed and threw her arms about a snow-covered figure. Then abruptly the music stopped and the laughter was checked, and everyone crowded about the newcomers. ... The story they had to tell put a somber end to the happy evening. ... The sobered guests crowded close, waiting for one answer.
    p. 233.5
sobered = made serious
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