There was a back-garret window with rusty bars outside, which had no shutter; and out of this, Oliver often gazed with a melancholy face for hours together; but nothing was to be descried from it but a confused and crowded mass of housetops, blackened chimneys, and gable-ends.
Following the sound, Mr. Bumble raised his head and descried a man looking out of a door, breast-high, on the second story.
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She tries to descry purpose in the disasters of a purposeless world.
I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
Dickens, Charles -- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby