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sullen
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Jane Eyre
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  • Miss Miller was now the only teacher in the room: a group of great girls standing about her spoke with serious and sullen gestures.
  • I dared commit no fault: I strove to fulfil every duty; and I was termed naughty and tiresome, sullen and sneaking, from morning to noon, and from noon to night.
  • But, sir, as it grew dark, the wind rose: it blew yesterday evening, not as it blows now — wild and high — but ’with a sullen, moaning sound’ far more eerie.
  • The whole consciousness of my life lorn, my love lost, my hope quenched, my faith death-struck, swayed full and mighty above me in one sullen mass.
  • Some days since: nay, I can number them — four; it was last Monday night, a singular mood came over me: one in which grief replaced frenzy — sorrow, sullenness.
  • But in his countenance I saw a change: that looked desperate and brooding — that reminded me of some wronged and fettered wild beast or bird, dangerous to approach in his sullen woe.
  • My eye still roved over the sullen swell and along the moor-edge, vanishing amidst the wildest scenery, when at one dim point, far in among the marshes and the ridges, a light sprang up.
  • Mosquitoes came buzzing in and hummed sullenly round the room; the sea, which I could hear from thence, rumbled dull like an earthquake — black clouds were casting up over it; the moon was setting in the waves, broad and red, like a hot cannon-ball — she threw her last bloody glance over a world quivering with the ferment of tempest.

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  • She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
  • A sullen crowd watched the execution.

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