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sullen
used in The Mill on the Floss

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showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
  • But the constant presence of her mother's regretful bewilderment was less painful to Maggie than that of her father's sullen, incommunicative depression.
    4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (36% in)
  • Tom never disobeyed his father, for Mr. Tulliver was a peremptory man, and, as he said, would never let anybody get hold of his whip-hand; but he went out rather sullenly, carrying his piece of plumcake, and not intending to reprieve Maggie's punishment, which was no more than she deserved.
    1.5 -- Book 1 Chapter 5 -- Tom Comes Home (61% in)
  • Tom, though depressed and strongly repelled by his father's sullenness, and the dreariness of home, entered thoroughly into his father's feelings about paying the creditors; and the poor lad brought his first quarter's money, with a delicious sense of achievement, and gave it to his father to put into the tin box which held the savings.
    4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (56% in)

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