There were slipcovers on all but two chairs, a cold fireplace and the dismal warmth of an electric heater with a cord twisting across the floor, a desk, its glass surface empty.
She would have seized upon a job in a five-and-ten, or in that laundry, or in any of the dismal shops she passed.
With its costly furniture and the absence of all personal belongings, the room had that air of dreary luxury which pertains to transient occupancy, as dismal as the air of a flophouse.
This dismal wreckage, which is now your world, is the physical form of the treason you committed to your values, to your friends, to your defenders, to your future, to your country, to yourself.
"Isn’t there …. in what we’re taught …. some error that’s vicious and very important?"-she thought of his words, as she lay in an armchair of her living room, on a dismal evening of spring, waiting for him to come…… Just a little farther, my darling-she thoughtlook a little farther and you’ll be free of that error and of all the wasted pain you never should have had to carry…… But she felt that she, too, had not seen the whole of the distance, and she wondered what were the steps left…