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somber
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Heart of Darkness
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  • The background was somber—almost black.
  • Only the gloom to the west, brooding over the upper reaches, became more somber every minute, as if angered by the approach of the sun.
  • It was somber enough too—and pitiful—not extraordinary in any way—not very clear either.
  • The idleness of a passenger, my isolation amongst all these men with whom I had no point of contact, the oily and languid sea, the uniform somberness of the coast, seemed to keep me away from the truth of things, within the toil of a mournful and senseless delusion.
  • Don’t you know the devilry of lingering starvation, its exasperating torment, its black thoughts, its somber and brooding ferocity?
  • The moon had spread over everything a thin layer of silver—over the rank grass, over the mud, upon the wall of matted vegetation standing higher than the wall of a temple, over the great river I could see through a somber gap glittering, glittering, as it flowed broadly by without a murmur.
  • Only in the very last moment, as though in response to some sign we could not see, to some whisper we could not hear, he frowned heavily, and that frown gave to his black death-mask an inconceivably somber, brooding, and menacing expression.
  • Only the barbarous and superb woman did not so much as flinch, and stretched tragically her bare arms after us over the somber and glittering river.
  • I saw on that ivory face the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror—of an intense and hopeless despair.
  • A grand piano stood massively in a corner, with dark gleams on the flat surfaces like a somber and polished sarcophagus.
  • The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.

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  • Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
  • She wore a somber black dress to the funeral.

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