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War and Peace
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  • "If he" (he meant the enemy) "begins popping at the bridge now," said the old soldier dismally to a comrade, "you’ll forget to scratch yourself."
  • This whole mass droned and jostled in confusion under the dismal influence of cannon balls flying from the French batteries stationed on the Pratzen Heights.

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  • Because it was summer, when it is so beautiful out in the fields, the little town presented a particularly dismal appearance with its broken roofs and fences, its foul streets, tattered inhabitants, and the sick and drunken soldiers wandering about.
  • Around the wounded stood crowds of soldier stretcher-bearers with dismal and attentive faces, whom the officers keeping order tried in vain to drive from the spot.
  • As the war had caught him in the service, Nicholas Rostov took a close and prolonged part in the defense of his country, but did so casually, without any aim at self-sacrifice, and he therefore looked at what was going on in Russia without despair and without dismally racking his brains over it.
  • We missed one another," he said, and could not refrain from asking what was the matter, so strangely dismal and troubled was Rostov’s face.

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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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