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used in Frankenstein

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move or slope downward


come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor


come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
  • The surface is very uneven, rising like the waves of a troubled sea, descending low, and interspersed by rifts that sink deep.
    Chapter 10 (36% in)
  • It was said, and we retired under the pretence of seeking repose, each fancying that the other was deceived; but when at morning's dawn I descended to the carriage which was to convey me away, they were all there—my father again to bless me, Clerval to press my hand once more, my Elizabeth to renew her entreaties that I would write often and to bestow the last feminine attentions on her playmate and friend.
    Chapter 3 (32% in)
  • Presently a breeze dissipated the cloud, and I descended upon the glacier.
    Chapter 10 (35% in)
  • The sun is yet high in the heavens; before it descends to hide itself behind your snowy precipices and illuminate another world, you will have heard my story and can decide.
    Chapter 10 (90% in)
  • The air was cold, and the rain again began to descend; we entered the hut, the fiend with an air of exultation, I with a heavy heart and depressed spirits.
    Chapter 10 (98% in)
  • I walked and, I believe, descended, but I presently found a great alteration in my sensations.
    Chapter 11 (4% in)
  • He was descended from a good family in France, where he had lived for many years in affluence, respected by his superiors and beloved by his equals.
    Chapter 14 (3% in)
  • I saw him descend the mountain with greater speed than the flight of an eagle, and quickly lost among the undulations of the sea of ice.
    Chapter 17 (78% in)
  • We had agreed to descend the Rhine in a boat from Strasbourg to Rotterdam, whence we might take shipping for London.
    Chapter 18 (67% in)
  • The river descends rapidly and winds between hills, not high, but steep, and of beautiful forms.
    Chapter 18 (69% in)
  • "I have seen," he said, "the most beautiful scenes of my own country; I have visited the lakes of Lucerne and Uri, where the snowy mountains descend almost perpendicularly to the water, casting black and impenetrable shades, which would cause a gloomy and mournful appearance were it not for the most verdant islands that believe the eye by their gay appearance; I have seen this lake agitated by a tempest, when the wind tore up whirlwinds of water and gave you an idea of what the...
    Chapter 18 (77% in)
  • Beyond Cologne we descended to the plains of Holland; and we resolved to post the remainder of our way, for the wind was contrary and the stream of the river was too gentle to aid us.
    Chapter 18 (95% in)
  • The sun had far descended, and I still sat on the shore, satisfying my appetite, which had become ravenous, with an oaten cake, when I saw a fishing-boat land close to me, and one of the men brought me a packet; it contained letters from Geneva, and one from Clerval entreating me to join him.
    Chapter 20 (51% in)
  • The moon had reached her summit in the heavens and was beginning to descend; the clouds swept across it swifter than the flight of the vulture and dimmed her rays, while the lake reflected the scene of the busy heavens, rendered still busier by the restless waves that were beginning to rise.
    Chapter 23 (3% in)
  • Suddenly a heavy storm of rain descended.
    Chapter 23 (5% in)
  • The snows descended on my head, and I saw the print of his huge step on the white plain.
    Chapter 24 (10% in)

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