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used in Atlas Shrugged

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of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
  • She would have seized upon a job in a five-and-ten, or in that laundry, or in any of the dismal shops she passed.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (91% in)
  • There were slipcovers on all but two chairs, a cold fireplace and the dismal warmth of an electric heater with a cord twisting across the floor, a desk, its glass surface empty.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (56% in)
  • "-she thought of his words, as she lay in an armchair of her living room, on a dismal evening of spring, waiting for him to come...... Just a little farther, my darling-she thoughtlook a little farther and you'll be free of that error and of all the wasted pain you never should have had to carry...... But she felt that she, too, had not seen the whole of the distance, and she wondered what were the steps left for her to discover...... Walking through the darkness of the streets, on his way to her...
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (86% in)
  • With its costly furniture and the absence of all personal belongings, the room had that air of dreary luxury which pertains to transient occupancy, as dismal as the air of a flophouse.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (39% in)
  • This dismal wreckage, which is now your world, is the physical form of the treason you committed to your values, to your friends, to your defenders, to your future, to your country, to yourself.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (86% in)

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