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sullen
used in A Farewell to Arms

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being unhappy and withdrawn
  • The retreat was orderly, wet and sullen. In the night, going slowly along the crowded roads we...
    Book Three (34% in)
sullen = unhappy (or possibly gloomy or sluggish)

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of sullen, but this editor suspects Hemmingway was saying that the retreat was moving slowly. It's possible he was referring to another sense of sullen. He might have been referring to the mood of the soldiers or even the color of the sky. Good novelists sometimes help to create a mood with words that trigger multiple related senses in the reader's brain. All of these senses contribute to a feeling of gloom.)
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