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  • The bow is so old, its horsehair is glue
    Sent to the factory, just like me and like you
    So how come they stayed your execution?
    The audience roars its standing ovation
    When the lights come up after the concert, I feel drained, lugubrious, as though my blood has been secreted out of me and replaced with tar.†   (source)
  • Within a few weeks it was lugubriously out of tune.†   (source)
  • Derby now came to lugubrious attention.†   (source)
  • I was so startled that I forgot about the gas mask, with its elephantine snout and goggle eyes; and when I tried to greet these strangers my voice, filtered through two inches of charcoal and a foot of rubber pipe, had the muffled and lugubrious quality of wind blowing through a tomb — an effect which filled the Eskimos with consternation.†   (source)
  • ROS (lugubriously) : His body was still warm.†   (source)
  • The steam expired with a little hiss and Morris Fink regarded me with his lugubrious lackluster eyes.†   (source)
  • Miss Editha Woodworth sat propped up, motionless, under a huge lugubrious oil painting of--if Clumly's eyes did not deceive him--broken columns on a hillside, or possibly horses.†   (source)
  • It is a lugubrious film punctuated with emotional carnage.
  • Presently a dog set up a long, lugubrious howl just outside...   (source)
  • After decades of lugubrious decline, ...
  • As Trout lugubriously slung the bag from his shoulder, Billy Pilgrim approached him.†   (source)
  • Those invited had crammed themselves into the house, deferential, lugubrious, avid with curiosity.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I sing to myself, in my head; something lugubrious, mournful, presbyterian: Amazing grace, bow sweet the sound Could save a wretch like me, Wbo once was lost, but now am found, Was bound, but now am free.†   (source)
  • As for myself, I fear I am doomed to wander the face of the earth alone, like one of Byron's gloomier and more lugubrious outcasts; though I would be much heartened, my dear fellow, to be able to grasp once more your true friend's hand.†   (source)
  • He was a tall, thin, lugubrious presence; a sourness radiated from him—dogs not only refrained from biting him, they slunk away from him; they must have known that the taste of him was as toxic as a toad's.†   (source)
  • It was said that the hernia whistled like a lugubrious bird on stormy nights and twisted in unbearable pain when a buzzard feather was burned nearby, but no one complained about those discomforts because a large, well-carried rupture was, more than anything else, a display of masculine honor.†   (source)
  • The bad ones were those in the lugubrious restaurants along the waterfront, where one was as likely to eat like a king as to die a sudden death at the table, sitting before a plate of rat meat with sunflowers, and which were thought to be nothing more than fronts for white slavery and many other kinds of traffic.†   (source)
  • On the first contact the bones of the girl seemed to become disjointed with a disorderly crunch like the sound of a box of dominoes, and her skin broke out into a pale sweat and her eyes filled with tears as her whole body exhaled a lugubrious lament and a vague smell of mud.†   (source)
  • We carried our tools down the cypresslined path, found the del Valle family tomb, and embarked on the lugubrious task of opening it.†   (source)
  • But Clara had no patience with misfortune, so when they reached the big house on the corner, which was as empty and lugubrious as a mausoleum, she decided that there had been enough weeping and moaning and that the time had come to bring some joy into their lives.†   (source)
  • All was served and presented with the utmost simplicity by the old servants of the house, who wore their everyday black aprons to give the celebration the appearance of a simple family gathering, because any display of extravagance was a sign of vulgarity that would be condemned as a sin of vanity and bad taste, according to the austere and somewhat lugubrious ancestry of that society descended from hard-working Basque and Spanish immigrants.†   (source)
  • He smiled, lugubrious, and as always when he smiled the center of his forehead pinched down and the outer ends of his eyebrows lifted, making him look more than ever evil, witchlike (but artificially so: she had watched him practice it in front of their oval bedroom mirror as a child, and later, when Luke was in his teens, she had watched him put it on for girls, poor adorable Werther, born for woe--with ears sticking out like Dumbo's) so that for an instant her anger became mingled…†   (source)
  • It was out of the glare of daylight and the bustle of business, when Jews disappeared into their domestic quarantine and the seclusion of their sinister and Asiatic worship—with its cloudy suspicion of incense and rams' horns and sacrificial offerings, tambourines and veiled women, lugubrious anthems and keening banshee wails in a dead language—that the trouble began for an eleven-year-old Presbyterian.†   (source)
  • Shortly after blackout we were disturbed by an orderly making his way lugubriously down the length of the train with a rattle.†   (source)
  • "Lord," he says to himself, watching them fall, "what a pother!" and then he adds, lugubriously, but with some sense of consolation, "Mrs Moffat will come and sweep it all up—"†   (source)
  • "I shall laugh—I know I shall; I shall die of laughing," she said, lugubriously.†   (source)
  • Then he fell, and lay where he fell, howling lugubriously as the long train of sleds churned by.†   (source)
  • Still, he hoped rather lugubriously that it would turn out all right.†   (source)
  • He wrinkled lugubriously, consequentially, at the thought of the letters he would write to the heads of Government offices about "my old friend, Peter Walsh," and so on.†   (source)
  • All through the meal Gunch watched them, while Babbitt watched himself being watched and lugubriously tried to keep from spoiling Tanis's gaiety.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Grose lugubriously pleaded.†   (source)
  • It was only from duty that Carol dragged him and herself out of the warm hotel, into a stinking trolley, up the brownstone steps of the converted residence which lugubriously housed the dramatic school.†   (source)
  • The honest, pitiless joy of a fanatic in the full flood of his atrocity preserves a certain lugubriously venerable radiance.†   (source)
  • There was something lugubriously comical in the way Newman's thoroughly contemporaneous optimism was confronted with this dusky old-world expedient.†   (source)
  • The old gentlewoman took a dreary and proud satisfaction in leading Phoebe from room to room of the house, and recounting the traditions with which, as we may say, the walls were lugubriously frescoed.†   (source)
  • "It seems very flighty in me to be taking a new place at this time of life," observed Mrs. Bread, lugubriously.†   (source)
  • But for the moment the whole town was on the move, quitting the dark, lugubrious confines where it had struck its roots of stone, and setting forth at last, like a shipload of survivors, toward a land of promise.†   (source)
  • In the last act it is important to remove from the picture of the seated dead any suggestion of the morbid or lugubrious.†   (source)
  • Occasionally he burst out with "Peg in a Lowbacked Car" and other Irish ditties or the more lugubrious lament for Robert Emmet, "She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps."†   (source)
  • She saw him sitting in the corner of some lugubrious place where the smoke attached itself to the red plush seats, and the waitresses got to know you, and he played chess with a little man who was in the tea trade and lived at Surbiton, but that was all Paul knew about him.†   (source)
  • On those guarded and lugubrious and even formal occasions when she and the aunt went out to Sutpen's Hundred to spend the day and the aunt would order her to go and play with her nephew and niece exactly as the aunt might have ordered her to play a piece for company on the piano, she would not see him even at the dinner table because the aunt would have arranged the visit to coincide with his absence; and probably Miss Rosa would have tried to avoid meeting him even if he had been…†   (source)
  • It isn't your kind of party at all; you ought not to be here; you ought to go away, you know, to the Old Hundredth or some lugubrious dance in Belgrave Square." lust come from one," said Mulcaster.†   (source)
  • No, you were not listening you didn't have to: then the dogs stirred, rose; you looked up and sure enough, just as your father had said he would, Luster had halted the mule and the two horses in the rain about fifty yards from the cedars, sitting there with his knees drawn up under the towsack and enclosed by the cloudy vapor of the steaming animals as though he were looking at you and your father out of some lugubrious and painless purgatory.†   (source)
  • …female vindictiveness in which Miss Rosa's childhood (that aged and ancient and timeless absence of youth which consisted of a Cassandra-like listening beyond closed doors, of lurking in dim halls filled with that presbyterian effluvium of lugubrious and vindictive anticipation while she waited for the infancy and childhood with which nature had confounded and betrayed her to overtake the precocity of convinced disapprobation regarding any and every thing which could penetrate the…†   (source)
  • Presently a dog set up a long, lugubrious howl just outside—within ten feet of them.†   (source)
  • The drawn blinds gave a lugubrious aspect.†   (source)
  • That long, lugubrious howl rose on the night air again!†   (source)
  • Carol kissed her cheek, and frisked into the lugubrious sitting-room.†   (source)
  • A lugubrious bay-window to the right of the porch.†   (source)
  • "Truly they are," murmured the count in a lugubrious tone.†   (source)
  • Their innumerable sculptures of demons and dragons assumed a lugubrious aspect.†   (source)
  • Thank Heaven, nations are great, independently of the lugubrious feats of the sword.†   (source)
  • In his youth, their visits are lugubrious; later on they are sinister.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, the lugubrious cavalcade has traversed the crowd amid cries of joy and curious attitudes.†   (source)
  • He seemed to be playing a part, mechanically, in a lugubrious comedy.†   (source)
  • This was lugubrious in the darkness, and their faces turned pale as they looked at each other.†   (source)
  • These things are charming when one is joyous, and lugubrious when one is sad.†   (source)
  • The whole effect was hideous, petty, lugubrious, and narrow.†   (source)
  • This 1815 was a sort of lugubrious April.†   (source)
  • On all sides there were lugubrious stretches.†   (source)
  • A phrase which has a disobliging air for you, but which was lugubrious only for me.†   (source)
  • Those four lugubrious walls had their moment of dazzling brilliancy.†   (source)
  • An icy north wind was blowing, and imparted to things around him a sort of lugubrious life.†   (source)
  • But on emerging from so melancholy a conflict, what a lugubrious peace, alas!†   (source)
  • There were very lugubrious lines about it.†   (source)
  • At times he talked to himself, and stammered lugubrious monologues in a low voice.†   (source)
  • Cecil and Lucy turned up at four o'clock, and these, with little Minnie Beebe, made a somewhat lugubrious sextette upon the upper lawn for tea.†   (source)
  • In hallway and front parlor she was conscious of dinginess and lugubriousness and airlessness, but she insisted, "I'll make it all jolly."†   (source)
  • The light of the lamps of the church fell upon an assembly of black clothes and white collars, relieved here and there by tweeds, on dark mottled pillars of green marble and on lugubrious canvases.†   (source)
  • He was lugubrious, silent, morose.†   (source)
  • The dogs dashed on, but at the threshold suddenly stopped and snarled, and then, simultaneously lifting their noses, began to howl in most lugubrious fashion.†   (source)
  • "I say, do look at her," he exclaimed, turning to Miss Bart with lugubrious merriment—"I beg your pardon, but do just look at my wife making a fool of that poor devil over there!†   (source)
  • Chapter 15 The regiment was standing at order arms at the side of a lane, waiting for the command to march, when suddenly the youth remembered the little packet enwrapped in a faded yellow envelope which the loud young soldier with lugubrious words had intrusted to him.†   (source)
  • He is playing a bass part upon his cello, and so the excitement is nothing to him; no matter what happens in the treble, it is his task to saw out one long-drawn and lugubrious note after another, from four o'clock in the afternoon until nearly the same hour next morning, for his third of the total income of one dollar per hour.†   (source)
  • Jammes yelled these words in a tone of unspeakable terror; and her finger pointed, among the crowd of dandies, to a face so pallid, so lugubrious and so ugly, with two such deep black cavities under the straddling eyebrows, that the death's head in question immediately scored a huge success.†   (source)
  • There was a touch of insanity in the proceeding, a sense of lugubrious drollery in the sight; and it was not dissipated by somebody on board assuring me earnestly there was a camp of natives—he called them enemies!†   (source)
  • There was a lugubrious pause.†   (source)
  • It spoke in a voice harsh and lugubrious but intrepid, and little by little it dawned upon Archie that this was a development of the Patna case.†   (source)
  • As the subject had grown lugubrious it was buried in a silence of the table during which Mrs. Malins could be heard saying to her neighbour in an indistinct undertone: "They are very good men, the monks, very pious men."†   (source)
  • He said these things with his lugubrious croak, and his black eyes like a crow's, so that I seemed to see poor Florence die ten times a day—a little, pale, frail corpse.†   (source)
  • She alternately detested herself for not appreciating the kindly women, and detested them for their advice: lugubrious hints as to how much she would suffer in labor, details of baby-hygiene based on long experience and total misunderstanding, superstitious cautions about the things she must eat and read and look at in prenatal care for the baby's soul, and always a pest of simpering baby-talk.†   (source)
  • My drunkenness is always sad, and when I am thoroughly drunk my mania is to relate all the lugubrious stories which my foolish nurse inculcated into my brain.†   (source)
  • The lugubrious harmony of the spot with his domestic situation was too perfect for him, impatient of effects scenes, and adumbrations.†   (source)
  • Their capped heads were seen uncovering one after the other, in the gloom, at the lugubrious question addressed to them by the president in a low voice.†   (source)
  • These feathered people had existed too long in their distinct variety; a fact of which the present representatives, judging by their lugubrious deportment, seemed to be aware.†   (source)
  • Susan uttered the lugubrious discourse three times slowly, and when it was completed the image had considerably diminished.†   (source)
  • On that day all the inhabitants got up earlier, and the Grande Rue, although full of people, had something lugubrious about it, as if an execution had been expected.†   (source)
  • They were surrounded by men, women, and children, who sang a kind of lugubrious psalm, interrupted at regular intervals by the tambourines and cymbals; while behind them was drawn a car with large wheels, the spokes of which represented serpents entwined with each other.†   (source)
  • In a knot-hole of the garret, that had opened, she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.†   (source)
  • I hardly know whether I had slept or not after this musing; at any rate, I started wide awake on hearing a vague murmur, peculiar and lugubrious, which sounded, I thought, just above me.†   (source)
  • He was not a great walker, but he strolled about the grounds with his cousin—a pastime for which the weather remained favourable with a persistency not allowed for in Isabel's somewhat lugubrious prevision of the climate; and in the long afternoons, of which the length was but the measure of her gratified eagerness, they took a boat on the river, the dear little river, as Isabel called it, where the opposite shore seemed still a part of the foreground of the landscape; or drove over…†   (source)
  • But the clerks were not the dupes of this deceit, and their lugubrious looks settled down into resigned countenances.†   (source)
  • Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.†   (source)
  • Suddenly there arose from the depths of the chapel, from behind the inexorable grating, a sound which drew his attention from the altar—the sound of a strange, lugubrious chant, uttered by women's voices.†   (source)
  • After ascending and descending several steps in the corridors, which were so dark that they were lighted by lamps at mid-day, La Esmeralda, still surrounded by her lugubrious escort, was thrust by the police into a gloomy chamber.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, from her dull eyes there escaped a look, an ineffable look, a profound, lugubrious, imperturbable look, incessantly fixed upon a corner of the cell which could not be seen from without; a gaze which seemed to fix all the sombre thoughts of that soul in distress upon some mysterious object.†   (source)
  • The stirring up of these lugubrious ideas did not cause his courage to fail, but his brain grow weary.†   (source)
  • Nothing is more lugubrious than the contemplation thus in its nudity, in the broad light of thought, of the horrible swarming of slang.†   (source)
  • In the midst of this silence, a cracked voice launched this lugubrious sarcasm from the corridor:— "If there's any wood to be split, I'm there!"†   (source)
  • A lugubrious being was Montparnasse.†   (source)
  • In the direction of her sons her evil disposition was uncompromising, and her heart had a lugubrious wall in that quarter.†   (source)
  • Then he resumed his monotonous and lugubrious tramp, which troubled the dreams of the sleeping man beneath him, and awoke him with a start.†   (source)
  • Through these windows there was formerly visible a lofty and lugubrious wall, which was a fragment of the outer wall of La Force.†   (source)
  • And she hummed scraps of vaudevilles, as though she had been alone, frolicsome refrains which her hoarse and guttural voice rendered lugubrious.†   (source)
  • Roguet had set the lugubrious example of threatening with death any French grenadier who should bring him a Prussian prisoner.†   (source)
  • Cosette was meditating sadly; for, although she was only eight years old, she had already suffered so much that she reflected with the lugubrious air of an old woman.†   (source)
  • An excessive emotion was required to wring from him, once or twice a year, that lugubrious laugh of the convict, which is like the echo of the laugh of a demon.†   (source)
  • The member of the Convention straightened himself up in his chair with an almost lugubrious solemnity, and exclaimed, so far as a dying man is capable of exclamation:— "Ah, there you go; '93!†   (source)
  • But when, at the expiration of these lugubrious twenty-four hours, she beheld Jean Valjean again, she gave vent to such a cry of joy, that any thoughtful person who had chanced to hear that cry, would have guessed that it issued from an abyss.†   (source)
  • The desperate man gives up; he is weary, he chooses the alternative of death; he resists not; he lets himself go; he abandons his grip; and then he tosses forevermore in the lugubrious dreary depths of engulfment.†   (source)
  • Had this rough and unlettered man gathered a perfectly clear perception of the succession of ideas through which he had, by degrees, mounted and descended to the lugubrious aspects which had, for so many years, formed the inner horizon of his spirit?†   (source)
  • Cosette joined in his laughter, all her lugubrious suppositions were allayed, and the next morning, as she was at breakfast with her father, she made merry over the sinister garden haunted by the shadows of iron chimney-pots.†   (source)
  • The cavities of night, things grown haggard, taciturn profiles which vanish when one advances, obscure dishevelments, irritated tufts, livid pools, the lugubrious reflected in the funereal, the sepulchral immensity of silence, unknown but possible beings, bendings of mysterious branches, alarming torsos of trees, long handfuls of quivering plants,— against all this one has no protection.†   (source)
  • Any one who, like ourselves, has wandered about in these solitudes contiguous to our faubourgs, which may be designated as the limbos of Paris, has seen here and there, in the most desert spot, at the most unexpected moment, behind a meagre hedge, or in the corner of a lugubrious wall, children grouped tumultuously, fetid, muddy, dusty, ragged, dishevelled, playing hide-and-seek, and crowned with corn-flowers.†   (source)
  • …which he was learning by heart, and when they were all there, seated in a circle around a dying fire, sparely lighted by a lamp shaded with green, with their severe profiles, their gray or white hair, their long gowns of another age, whose lugubrious colors could not be distinguished, dropping, at rare intervals, words which were both majestic and severe, little Marius stared at them with frightened eyes, in the conviction that he beheld not women, but patriarchs and magi, not real…†   (source)
  • …ought to have been, but forced, for the last hour, to familiarize himself with something as unexpected as it was dreadful, gradually beholding the convict superposed before his very eyes, upon M. Fauchelevent, overcome, little by little, by that lugubrious reality, and led, by the natural inclination of the situation, to recognize the space which had just been placed between that man and himself, Marius added: "It is impossible that I should not speak a word to you with regard to the…†   (source)
  • He lifts his mutilated ashen face moonwards and bays lugubriously.†   (source)
  • Nor have they the brilliant facility of Americans for making new words of grotesque but penetrating tropes, as in /corn-fed/, /tight-wad/, /bone-head/, /bleachers/ and /juice/ (for /electricity/); when they attempt such things the result is often lugubrious; two hundred years of schoolmastering has dried up their inspiration.†   (source)
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