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somber
used in Lord of the Flies

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Definition
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
  • He noticed Ralph's scarred nakedness, and the sombre silence of all four of them.
    p. 70.3
sombre = serious—without humor or fun

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use somber.)
  • Somberly he watched the mountain.
    p. 107.6
  • somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
  • Roger, sitting on the very edge of the cliff, looked somberly back at the island as he worked with his fingers at a loose tooth.
    p. 159.7
  • somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
  • There was another noise to attend to now, a deep grumbling noise, as though the forest itself were angry with him, a somber noise across which the ululations were scribbled excruciatingly as on slate.
    p. 196.9
somber = solemn (serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
There are no more uses of "somber" in Lord of the Flies.

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