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dismal
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
  • I lay there dismally calculating that sixteen entire hours must elapse before I could hope for a resurrection.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (10% in)
  • It was a very dubious-looking, nay, a very dark and dismal night, bitingly cold and cheerless.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (27% in)
  • Nothing but two dismal tallow candles, each in a winding sheet.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (51% in)
  • This ended, in prolonged solemn tones, like the continual tolling of a bell in a ship that is foundering at sea in a fog—in such tones he commenced reading the following hymn; but changing his manner towards the concluding stanzas, burst forth with a pealing exultation and joy— "The ribs and terrors in the whale, Arched over me a dismal gloom, While all God's sun-lit waves rolled by, And lift me deepening down to doom.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (38% in)
  • ...pilots of the port—he being suspected to have got himself made a pilot in order to save the Nantucket pilot-fee to all the ships he was concerned in, for he never piloted any other craft—Bildad, I say, might now be seen actively engaged in looking over the bows for the approaching anchor, and at intervals singing what seemed a dismal stave of psalmody, to cheer the hands at the windlass, who roared forth some sort of a chorus about the girls in Booble Alley, with hearty good will.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (14% in)
  • "The dark ocean and swelling waters were nothing; the fears of being swallowed up by some dreadful tempest, or dashed upon hidden rocks, with all the other ordinary subjects of fearful contemplation, seemed scarcely entitled to a moment's thought; the dismal looking wreck, and THE HORRID ASPECT AND REVENGE OF THE WHALE, wholly engrossed my reflections, until day again made its appearance."
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (73% in)
  • But, at last, when turning to the eastward, the Cape winds began howling around us, and we rose and fell upon the long, troubled seas that are there; when the ivory-tusked Pequod sharply bowed to the blast, and gored the dark waves in her madness, till, like showers of silver chips, the foam-flakes flew over her bulwarks; then all this desolate vacuity of life went away, but gave place to sights more dismal than before.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (81% in)
  • For three hundred and sixty miles, gentlemen, through the entire breadth of the state of New York; through numerous populous cities and most thriving villages; through long, dismal, uninhabited swamps, and affluent, cultivated fields, unrivalled for fertility; by billiard-room and bar-room; through the holy-of-holies of great forests; on Roman arches over Indian rivers; through sun and shade; by happy hearts or broken; through all the wide contrasting scenery of those noble Mohawk...
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (53% in)
  • But the hours of darkness passed in peace; the men who still remained at their duty toiling hard at the pumps, whose clinking and clanking at intervals through the dreary night dismally resounded through the ship.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (67% in)
  • Nevertheless the sun hides not Virginia's Dismal Swamp, nor Rome's accursed Campagna, nor wide Sahara, nor all the millions of miles of deserts and of griefs beneath the moon.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (92% in)

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