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- The backs of the chief establishments in town surrounded a quadrangle neglected, dirty, and incomparably dismal.Chapter 29 (69% in)
- She gazed about their bedroom, and its full dismalness crawled over her: the awkward knuckly L-shape of it; the black walnut bed with apples and spotty pears carved on the headboard; the imitation maple bureau, with pink-daubed scent-bottles and a petticoated pin-cushion on a marble slab uncomfortably like a gravestone; the plain pine washstand and the garlanded water-pitcher and bowl.Chapter 4 (1% in)
- A vista of heavy oak rockers with leather seats, asleep in a dismal row.Chapter 4 (23% in)
- All through the spring the association thrilled to its own talent in that dismal room.Chapter 18 (27% in)
- The streaky brown wallpaper was broken in its dismal sweep only by framed texts, "Come unto Me" and "The Lord is My Shepherd," by a list of hymns, and by a crimson and green diagram, staggeringly drawn upon hemp-colored paper, indicating the alarming ease with which a young man may descend from Palaces of Pleasure and the House of Pride to Eternal Damnation.Chapter 28 (23% in)
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