The woods across the line were but the scarred and blackened ruins of woods; for the most part the trees had fallen, but a certain proportion still stood, dismal grey stems, with dark brown foliage instead of green.
The ribs of the few horses showed dismally.
But so soon as this strangeness had been realised it passed, and my dominant motive became the hunger of my long and dismal fast.
I awoke to find that dismal howling still in my ears, "Ulla, ulla, ulla, ulla."
All the gaunt wrecks, the blackened skeletons of houses that stared so dismally at the sunlit grass of the hill, would presently be echoing with the hammers of the restorers and ringing with the tapping of their trowels.