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  • Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
  • She wore a somber black dress to the funeral.
  • a somber mood
  • the somber tones of Barber’s Adagio for Strings

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  • They both looked so plain and somber compared to Mo Rhodes and her loud-colored pillows and sparkly wall hangings in Oriental designs.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Dumbledore came in, looking very somber.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • No one said much, the mood somber and grim.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Until you see his eyes you think he’s somber, even mean, but he has the most thoughtful and gentle brown eyes.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • He sounded unhappy, and there was a somber look on his face.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club

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  • CHARLEY and BERNARD, somberly dressed, appear and knock on the kitchen door.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • The background was somber—almost black.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Straight, somber and impersonal, he entered the actress’s room and stood waiting.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Ismael Munoz, dark and somber, watching people come aboard.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "I came as soon as I could," the vampire said somberly, turning my head gently to the left and right, examining the damage.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • She’s bouncing up and down on the stage and clapping along with the crowd, forgetting all about the somber poem she just performed.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Their meal had been quiet and somber, the talk drifting toward what the Rat Man had said about the Variables and how their responses to them were all that mattered.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Then the real Shawna appeared on-screen, tanned and sculpted and somber as Ellen introduced her to America.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • When she saw the two of them, somberness turned to apprehension.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Miss Peregrine nodded somberly.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I remembered as a child that they always sang this hymn at somber moments during church services, on Communion Sundays, and Good Friday.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Directly in front of me was the ice-covered bay of a great lake, and on the far side of this bay was something which at least relieved the somber monochrome of the muskeg colorings.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I tried to picture the tall, somber master angry and failed.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "It looks better than it is," she says somberly.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I watch him staring down at the jacket, wondering what he’s thinking that makes him look so somber.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He was suddenly somber.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Far to the north a foghorn groaned, reaching them less as a sound than as a trembling in their bellies, as if their bodies were pipes in a somber old organ.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • For the most part it was a somber group that straggled back to their neglected chores.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The last colors slowly faded from the western sky, and, as they did, one by one the instruments stopped, until only the bass fiddles, in their somber slow movement, were left to play the night and a single set of silver bells brightened the constellations.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • There, high up on a cliff face, were the sixty-foot-tall faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, carved right into the rock, staring somberly down on us.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • I returned to the house and found that the giants had grown somber, although the small people were still merry.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Somberly she said, "Thank you, Miguel."
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • There to greet them were somber headstones and recently abandoned household furniture.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Calvin looked somber; then his enormous smile lit up his face again.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • America!
    God shed His grace on thee,
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea.
     "Such a beautiful song," Grace Wexler slurred, but the others sat in somber silence.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • In somber tones a newscaster reported the sketchy details that were available.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The courtroom was tense and somber.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • But that would not be"—she looks around at us slowly, dwelling on each somber face—"Christian.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The Hotel-Dieu dining room is big and somber and full of people talking about U-boats off Gibraltar and the inequities of currency exchange and four-stroke marine diesel engines.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • My friends had assembled again, a far more somber, truculent group than before.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He paused somberly.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They have the lace collars, the puffed sleeves, the sashes I remember; many of them are in plaid, the authentic somber blood-lit colors, dark greens with a stripe of red, dark blues, black.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • An official-looking man in a somber black coat had stepped out of a building across the street and was striding toward our little group, walking stick in hand.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "Women and children only, sir," he said somberly.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • One final push up over the crest of the hill, and the henge was before us, the stones barely visible in the somber light of predawn.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The mood among the NASA people was all over the place somber, bitter, loose, defensive.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In Spanish (he sauntered in well after class started, missing the awkward scene where everyone crowded somberly around my desk to say they were sorry) he didn’t sit by me as usual but up front, slouched down with his legs thrown out to the side.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This time he was different: somber, apologetic.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Which is not to say that nothing broke into this strict and somber way of life.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • At home, a funeral is a somber occasion.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
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