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  • ’You have withdrawn yourself in your sullenness to your own room.
  • They disliked me; and they sullenly, sternly, steadily, overlooked me.
  • The natural result of this treatment, continued, I suppose, for some six months or more, was to make me sullen, dull, and dogged.
  • ’David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, one day after dinner when I was going to leave the room as usual; ’I am sorry to observe that you are of a sullen disposition.’
  • ’Now, David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, ’a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.’
  • ’I was sorry, David, I remarked,’ said Mr. Murdstone, turning his head and his eyes stiffly towards me, ’to observe that you are of a sullen disposition.
  • ’I have never meant to be sullen since I came back.’
  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
  • He was a coward, from head to foot; and showed his dastardly nature through his sullenness and mortification, as much as at any time of his mean life.
  • His enemy, muttering to himself, after wringing his wounded hand for sometime, slowly drew off his neck-kerchief and bound it up; then held it in his other hand, and sat upon his table with his sullen face looking down.
  • It was a sombre evening, with a lurid light in the sky; and as I saw the prospect scowling in the distance, with here and there some larger object starting up into the sullen glare, I fancied it was no inapt companion to the memory of this fierce woman.

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

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