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sullen
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Hard Times
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  • There was little enough in him to brighten her face, for he was a sullen young fellow, and ungracious in his manner even to her.
  • ’At all events, Mr. Harthouse,’ said Tom, softening in his admiration of his patron, but shaking his head sullenly too, ’you can’t tell her that I ever praised her for being mercenary.
  • There was an air of jaded sullenness in them both, and particularly in the girl: yet, struggling through the dissatisfaction of her face, there was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow, which brightened its expression.
  • Yielding at length, if any concession so sullenly made can be called yielding, to the entreaties of Sissy — for Louisa he disowned altogether — he came down, bench by bench, until he stood in the sawdust, on the verge of the circle, as far as possible, within its limits from where his father sat.

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

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