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used in David Copperfield

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a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • 'Quite as comfortable as we can expect a young mother to be, under these melancholy domestic circumstances.
    Chapters 1-3 (26% in)
  • The despairing way in which my mother and I look at each other, as I blunder on, is truly melancholy.
    Chapters 4-6 (24% in)
  • I was very much shocked to hear of this melancholy accident, and said I thought I had better have some water.
    Chapters 4-6 (52% in)
  • What evenings, when the candles came, and I was expected to employ myself, but, not daring to read an entertaining book, pored over some hard-headed, harder-hearted treatise on arithmetic; when the tables of weights and measures set themselves to tunes, as 'Rule Britannia', or 'Away with Melancholy'; when they wouldn't stand still to be learnt, but would go threading my grandmother's needle through my unfortunate head, in at one ear and out at the other!
    Chapters 7-9 (72% in)
  • When I saw them glancing at me out of the windows, as they went up to their classes, I felt distinguished, and looked more melancholy, and walked slower.
    Chapters 7-9 (79% in)
  • I remember how I seemed to float, then, down the melancholy glory of that track upon the sea, away into the world of dreams.
    Chapters 13-15 (45% in)
  • 'I am convinced,' said my aunt, laying her hand with melancholy firmness on the table, 'that Dick's character is not a character to keep the donkeys off.
    Chapters 22-24 (58% in)
  • Dora was at the breakfast-table to make the tea again, however; and I had the melancholy pleasure of taking off my hat to her in the phaeton, as she stood on the door-step with Jip in her arms.
    Chapters 25-27 (72% in)
  • To divert his thoughts from this melancholy subject, I informed Mr. Micawber that I relied upon him for a bowl of punch, and led him to the lemons.
    Chapters 28-30 (7% in)
  • It was between nine and ten o'clock when, strolling in a melancholy manner through the town, I stopped at Mr. Omer's door.
    Chapters 31-33 (30% in)
  • Leaving them together, I went home to Peggotty's; more melancholy myself, if possible, than I had been yet.
    Chapters 31-33 (32% in)
  • As he said this with a gentle melancholy, which was the next thing to making no charge at all, I expressed my acknowledgements on Peggotty's behalf, and paid Tiffey in banknotes.
    Chapters 31-33 (73% in)
  • 'What a melancholy confirmation: ain't it?
    Chapters 40-42 (77% in)
  • There were neither wharves nor houses on the melancholy waste of road near the great blank Prison.
    Chapters 46-48 (40% in)
  • He occasionally made an attempt to smarten himself, and hum the fag-end of a tune; but his relapses into profound melancholy were only made the more impressive by the mockery of a hat exceedingly on one side, and a shirt-collar pulled up to his eyes.
    Chapters 49-51 (19% in)
  • Mrs. Chillip's opinion is, that her spirit has been entirely broken since her marriage, and that she is all but melancholy mad.
    Chapters 58-60 (66% in)
  • Though "remote", we are neither "unfriended", "melancholy", nor (I may add) "slow".
    Chapters 63-64 (60% in)

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