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  • In between these two low points of his birth and his success lay thirty-one dismal years of loneliness and frustration.
  • There was so much unhappiness in the world, he reflected, bowing his head dismally beneath the tragic thought, and there was nothing he could do about anybody’s, least of all his own.

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  • It astonished her that so many separate organizations were willing to do so much to bury Doc Daneeka, who, back in Pianosa, was having a terrible time trying to keep his head above the ground and wondered with dismal apprehension why his wife did not answer the letter he had written.

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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
as in: a dismal performance Define
of terrible quality
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