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  • ’We’re dismal enough without conjuring up ghosts and visions to perplex us.
  • ’What ails you, Cathy?’ he was saying when I entered: ’you look as dismal as a drowned whelp.

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  • Therefore, not to mention his clothes, which had seen three months’ service in mire and dust, and his thick uncombed hair, the surface of his face and hands was dismally beclouded.
  • The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
  • There never was such a dreary, dismal scene as the formerly cheerful house presented!
  • And dreary, and chill, and dismal, that morrow did creep over!
  • It seemed so dismal to go up-stairs, with the wild snow blowing outside, and my thoughts continually reverting to the kirk-yard and the new-made grave!
  • I was laid alone, for the first time; and, rousing from a dismal doze after a night of weeping, I lifted my hand to push the panels aside: it struck the table-top!
  • I’ve persuaded my conscience that it was a duty to warn him how people talked regarding his ways; and then I’ve recollected his confirmed bad habits, and, hopeless of benefiting him, have flinched from re-entering the dismal house, doubting if I could bear to be taken at my word.
  • I listened to detect a woman’s voice in the house, and filled the interim with wild regrets and dismal anticipations, which, at last, spoke audibly in irrepressible sighing and weeping.

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  • I uttered an ejaculation of discontent at seeing the dismal grate, and commenced shutting the casements, one after another, till I came to his.
  • ’I believe you think me a fiend,’ he said, with his dismal laugh: ’something too horrible to live under a decent roof.’
  • CHAPTER XVIII THE twelve years, continued Mrs. Dean, following that dismal period were the happiest of my life: my greatest troubles in their passage rose from our little lady’s trifling illnesses, which she had to experience in common with all children, rich and poor.
  • It was not the case, in reality, I am aware; but it was, in my imagination, that dismal night; and I thought Heathcliff himself less guilty than I. At seven o’clock he came, and inquired if Miss Linton had risen.

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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
as in: a dismal performance Define
of terrible quality
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