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"We’re getting maudlin here," Sim broke in, knocking his glass against the table.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  effusively sad — especially after drinking too much alcohol
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  • "We’re getting maudlin here," Sim broke in, knocking his glass against the table.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Mary would comment again how talented and skilled Sunny was, how dexterous and precocious, and I never thought to correct her appraisals, even though the performances were in fact maudlin and probably insulting to her, as they certainly were to me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It occurs to her that maybe Terry’s reluctance to take on this project has as much to do with avoiding this kind of maudlin moment as avoiding the work itself.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • It was then that the tears finally spilled forth—not maudlin drunken tears, but tears which, beginning on the train ride from Washington, I had tried manfully to resist and could resist no longer, having kept them so bottled up that now, almost alarmingly, they drained out in warm rivulets between my fingers.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I get verra maudlin, drinking elderberry wine.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Maudlin, self-indulgent, tasteless.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was in the maudlin confidential stage.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Some stagger about in each other’s arms, whispering maudlin words—others start quarrels upon the slightest pretext, and come to blows and have to be pulled apart.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • You don’t even know that a child was born of this maudlin pair; you don’t even know that.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • In part, it was an emotional lability, flaring anger one moment, maudlin sentimentality the next.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It staggered drunkenly and stared at him with maudlin selfpity that began to turn to hate.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • One of the maids might say-or you might think- I had got maudlin over cups of wine.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • "I always think," the Director was continuing in the same rather maudlin tone, when he was interrupted by a loud boo-hooing.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He enjoyed listening to Nately, whose maudlin, bittersweet lamentations mirrored much of his own romantic desolation and never failed to evoke in him resurgent tides of longing for his wife and children.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But the Wynand papers had no policy, save that of reflecting the greatest prejudices of the greatest number, and this made for an erratic direction, but a recognizable direction, nevertheless: toward the inconsistent, the irresponsible, the trite and the maudlin.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It induced a new mood in her; one that must very likely be called maudlin.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • That I retired to bed in a most maudlin state of mind, and got up in a crisis of feeble infatuation.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Like a White Russian drinking tea in Paris, marooned in the twentieth century, I wander back, try to regain those distant pathways; I become too maudlin, lose myself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Still: but an itch of death is in them, to tell me in my ear a maudlin tale, urge me to wreak their will.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Anyway-to put an end to this maudlin display of nostalgia-in the course of our conversation McMurphy and I wondered what would be the attitude of some of the men toward a carnival here on the ward?
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master’s daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You were maudlin, Jos.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He wandered into a maudlin defence of the Beast People and of M’ling.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The conversation was taking too maudlin a turn for him.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Mrs. Morel was always indignant with the drunken men that they must sing that hymn when they got maudlin.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Finally, she wished him good night, with great pathos; and Mr. Bounderby went to bed, with a maudlin persuasion that he had been crossed in something tender, though he could not, for his life, have mentioned what it was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Stop this, she told herself, you’re being stupid and maudlin.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • One of Don’s nephews, who went to Princeton, was busy hitting on Chloe, while Lissa, in the ten minutes I’d been gone, had crossed over from happily buzzing to completely maudlin, and was now well on her way to flat-out weepy drunk.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • "Don’t tell me you’re going to be one of those maudlin drunks," she says, trying to joke, but it only makes the tears come faster.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • (with a change to maudlin joviality) Gentlemen of the Jury, court will now recess while the D.A. sings out a little ditty he learned at Harvard.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • After a time, we were almost maudlin.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • He grew maudlin, familiar, could hardly see the cards or sit upright.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "Why baby," he roared, making a vast maudlin circle with his arms, "how are you?"
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Done what, you maudlin idiot?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • When he speaks it is as if he were deliberately giving way to drunkenness and seeking to hide behind a maudlin manner.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • The cool audacity had vanished in what was either excessive emotion or the maudlin condition peculiar to some men when drunk.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But Laura Keene is not maudlin or the slightest bit dramatic as Abraham Lincoln’s blood and brains soak into the lap of her dress.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He never looks me quite in the face now, unless he is very drunk or maudlin; but yesterday he looked at me in such a way that a shiver went all down my back.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I wanted to write a farewell column to Marley, but I was afraid all my emotion would pour out into a gushy, maudlin piece of self-indulgence that would only humiliate me.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The voice was suddenly tender, almost maudlin, with pity, although the Sergeant snapped out the words, and then shut his mouth tight, as if to present a brave face to the world.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • I could almost hear Luzan’s bird-high voice, a bizarre pitch that like much else about him was a little silly, a dress of maudlin order on a man of such girth and weight.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He burst into tears of maudlin pity for himself, and at length suffering her to embrace him and take charge of him, let his grey head rest against her cheek, and bewailed his wretchedness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Within, under the branching, ten-driled chandelier of alum-bronze, alone before a table beside a pink wall with roach-brown mouldings, Mary, the crockery-cheeked, humid-eyed swayed and spoke, her voice being maudlin, soused and reedy.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • She found the whole episode maudlin and self-pitying, and his weakness did nothing but inspire contempt in her until he recounted how the Twins had abducted him from Farthen Dar, how they had mistreated him on the way to Uru’baen, and how Galbatorix had broken him once they arrived.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • She tried to struggle up but slipped and fell again and lay there screaming maudlinly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • There’s nothing sugary and maudlin about him."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Behind a mystique of adventure, toughness, footloose vagabondage-all much needed antidotes to our culture’s built-in comfort and convenience may lie a kind of adolescent refusal to take seriously aging, the frailty of others, interpersonal responsibility, weakness of all kinds, the slow and unspectacular course of life itself… [TIop climbers… can be deeply moved, in fact maudlin; but only for worthy martyred excomrades.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin: The main consents are had; and here we’ll stay To see our widower’s second marriage-day.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • [47] The English have a great number of such decayed pronunciations, /e. g./, /Maudlin/ for /Magdalen College/, /Sister/ for /Cirencester/, /Merrybone/ for /Marylebone/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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