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melancholy
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

15 uses
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Definition
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • From time to time, a smile and a sigh met upon his lips, but the smile was more melancholy than the sigh.
    1.2.3 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 3 — Kisses for Blows (24% in)
  • These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.
    Preface (32% in)
  • This melancholy revery was absorbing him more and more, when a song, quaint but full of sweetness, suddenly tore him from it.
    1.2.3 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 3 — Kisses for Blows (50% in)
  • "La Vesle," replied Mahiette, with a melancholy smile, "is the river."
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (65% in)
  • It was, in fact, a melancholy spectacle which presented itself to the eyes of the two women, as they gazed through the grating of the Rat-Hole, neither stirring nor breathing.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (75% in)
  • In his opinion, there was nothing like the spectacle of a criminal process for dissipating melancholy, so exhilaratingly stupid are judges as a rule.
    2.8.1 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 1 — The Crown Changed into a Dry Leaf (14% in)
  • For a while she had tried to count the black minutes measured off for her by the drop of water; but that melancholy labor of an ailing brain had broken off of itself in her head, and had left her in stupor.
    2.8.4 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 4 — Lasciate Ogni Speranza.... (21% in)
  • All the details of her melancholy adventure, from the nocturnal scene at la Falourdel's to her condemnation to the Tournelle, recurred to her memory, no longer vague and confused as heretofore, but distinct, harsh, clear, palpitating, terrible.
    2.8.4 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 4 — Lasciate Ogni Speranza.... (33% in)
  • But a few heads of priests could be seen moving confusedly in the distant choir stalls, and, at the moment when the great door opened, there escaped from the church a loud, solemn, and monotonous chanting, which cast over the head of the condemned girl, in gusts, fragments of melancholy psalms,— "~Non timebo millia populi circumdantis me: exsurge, Domine; salvum me fac, Deus~!"
    2.8.6 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 6 — Three Human Hearts Differently.... (60% in)
  • At the same time, another voice, separate from the choir, intoned upon the steps of the chief altar, this melancholy offertory, "~Qui verbum meum audit, et credit ei qui misit me, habet vitam oeternam et in judicium non venit; sed transit a morte im vitam~*."
    2.8.6 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 6 — Three Human Hearts Differently.... (61% in)
  • By degrees, however, her terror disappeared, and she yielded herself wholly to the slow and melancholy air which she was singing.
    2.9.4 — Vol 2 Bk 9 Chpt 4 — Earthenware and Crystal (29% in)
  • Gringoire turned to him with a melancholy smile.
    2.10.3 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 3 — Long Live Mirth (83% in)
  • When he reached the middle of the ladder, he cast a melancholy glance at the poor dead outcasts, with which the steps were strewn.
    2.10.4 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 4 — An Awkward Friend (82% in)
  • "Ho ho!" said Jehan, "what do you mean by staring at me with that solitary and melancholy eye?"
    2.10.4 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 4 — An Awkward Friend (90% in)
  • 'tis the melancholy way of men of my profession to roam the streets by night.
    2.10.5 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 5 — The Retreat in which.... (58% in)

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