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  • It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
  • Her doleful story of ruin did not sound so sad to those who had never had anything.
  • [among the tombs] I regarded those marble tablets, and by the murky light of that darkened, doleful day read the fate of the whalemen who had gone before me.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King John

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  • The bell continued to swing, strike, and vibrate, with the same doleful regularity as when a corpse is on its way to the tomb.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  From Twice Told Tales
  • You sound as doleful as a funeral...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • She would stay in bed, wearing an old winter coat over her pajamas, a weary, doleful, unsmiling presence in the apartment.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "Life," said Marvin dolefully, "loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It’s not unusual, on the outskirts of Dawson Creek, to see a dozen or more doleful-looking men and women standing along the shoulder with extended thumbs.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "Yeah man," Lige would cut in, dolefully.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • She looked sort of doleful.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I’ll try to be a model pupil," agreed Anne dolefully.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • There was one who raised a doleful cry.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • But the driver was shaking his head dolefully.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Even that most doleful of Christian laments—"Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen"—sounded snappy and upbeat through these women’s windpipes as they sauntered along:
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Glick nodded dolefully.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "There’s only apples," said Lucy dolefully.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • He had short, bandy legs, long straggly ginger hair and bloodshot, baggy eyes that gave him the doleful look of a basset hound.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The tunes were either very lively or very doleful, and he sang words to some of them.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • At his words, Arjun broke into doleful sobs and his brother, Thambi, followed suit.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The common people regarded it with a mixture of respect and superstition ... partly from the tales of strange sights, and doleful lamentations,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • ...the old man armed for war to take his soldiers forward, undeterred by doleful age.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Sue smiled dolefully.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • "Guess everybody knows it’s not going too good," he says with a doleful laugh and passes it across to her.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He has been very silent and doleful of late.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • (Dolefully.) I suppose we’ll have to go to sleep.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Your father, Mr. David, was a kind gentleman; but he was weak, dolefully weak;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • I love a ballad but even too well, if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Each held a large earthenware jar, containing pebbles, and jerked it up and down in time to a doleful chant.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • ...a huge cylindrical drum, covered with the skins of great serpents, like the one that Bernal Diaz saw when he went with Cortes into the Mexican temple, and of whose doleful sound he has left us so vivid a description.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Her mother’s doleful rhythm followed them everywhere.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • From somewhere, a skinny, mangy brown dog appeared dolefully and joined the kid.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • his mind began dolefully telling him that he was on a wild goose chase.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • ’Born outa too much joy’ll be a doleful boy.’
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • When griping grief the heart doth wound,
    And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I said, having some difficulty imagining the ebullient Renny Banerjee sitting in a darkened room, dolefully rubbing his face.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Children sitting in twos and threes look up with doleful eyes as I pass.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Dolefully I thought of Abraham and Isaac.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I look at his doleful eyes and feel contempt.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • ’It was my little daughter,’ said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For Boris, Julie played most doleful nocturnes on her harp.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He shook his head dolefully.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The clock of the Invalides struck a quarter to twelve; the west wind bore on its moistened gusts the doleful vibration of the three strokes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I seemed to keep them closed above a quarter of an hour; yet, the instant I listened again, there was the doleful cry moaning on!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She passed into another ballad, this time a really doleful one.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The boughs were tossing heavily above their heads; while one solemn old tree groaned dolefully to another, as if telling the sad story of the pair that sat beneath, or constrained to forbode evil to come.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Rita’s book lay on the ground between them, so that the face of Albus Dumbledore smiled dolefully at both.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I had scarcely arrived at the total when a seventh was heard, as in the region of air, wailing dolefully.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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