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sullen
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

19 uses
  • You're here because in the sheer ignorance of youth and defiance, with the sullenness of some sharp-eyed Injun, you disrupted prediction.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (62% in)
  • He stood gazing sullenly at the great stack of papers, sucking at the cigar with short quick puffs, hungrily, trying to get it going better than it could.
    1 — The Watchdog (67% in)
  • He seemed oblivious to the smell of the place and of his bearded neighbor, oblivious too to the man's talk, the sullen anger of the two young Indians.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (11% in)
  • She said once, "What is it?" looking in from the kitchen where she sewed, and when he shrugged sullenly, turning away from the window again, she came to him and bent down, as if she were grieved, to study his face.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (29% in)
  • Verne grew sullen.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (84% in)
  • He studied the paper unhappily, sharply remembering his younger son's face, arrogant and sullen, handsome as his mother's face (except for those ears, long as an elephant's ears, and red)—quick to sneer, quick to smile, as hers was, a face as delicate as his own was blunt: his own, or Will's, or his daughter Mary Lou's—the face of Luke Hodge in whom all that was subtly wrong, for obscure reasons contemptible, in W. B. Hodge, Attorney at Law, came into enigmatic focus.
    3 — Lion Emerging from Cage (8% in)
  • He looked sullen, distant.
    4 — Mama (57% in)
  • The voice at the other end of the prowlcar radio is not sullen or hostile, and though prowlcars have their distinctive smell—the same smell as school buses or taxicabs or any other vehicle regularly and without any trace of affection serviced and stored in a large garage—at least prowlcars do not, like cellblocks, stink.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (10% in)
  • Bill Tenny at the corner with his whistle between his teeth, loose, holding up a hand to let the children cross: grinning at them, talking with them—kids who later will grow sullen in the presence of a cop, or defiant, or obsequious-friendly.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (76% in)
  • Burning nights and days in his sullen grove, Funereal as onyx, hind legs splayed, Sick and omnivorous, the ruptured goat Participates in the antics of the brain.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (27% in)
  • The boy looked blank and sullen.
    9 — "Like a robber, I shall proceed according to my will." (97% in)
  • He felt as sullen and thundery as the night.
    10 — Poetry and Life (88% in)
  • They stopped at once and dropped their hands to their sides, looking sullen.
    11 — The Dialogue of Houses (11% in)
  • And until he stopped, the mindless, sullen air was full of wings; 4 .
    11 — The Dialogue of Houses (44% in)
  • He glanced up, almost apologetic, but then his face hardened, took on a sullen, bloated look.
    12 — A Mother's Love (28% in)
  • 4 children and the sullen grouch in the crewcut watching "Ripcord.
    15 — The Dialogue of the Dead (88% in)
  • Drone of the engines, aisle lights very dim, stewardess asleep no doubt, or smoking a cigarette in her tight barren cloister musing on a dress she has half-finished, folded up in her closet to await her return, hidden carefully, sullenly, like all other signs of her existence, because her roommate has gentleman friends when she is gone, a working agreement: when she returns, exit roommate, and when she leaves again she vanishes utterly, like smoke.
    18 — The Dragon's Dwelling-Place and the Court for Owls (2% in)
  • For Nick it had not been so long as for them, because sometimes when he came back the Sunlight Man would untie him and take him upstairs with him, whisper and laugh and teach him tricks, sometimes striking him when he turned sullen.
    20 — Winged Figure Carrying Sacrificial Animal (33% in)
  • The boy nodded sullenly, walked to the corner of the room, then paused.
    21 — The Dialogue of Towers (40% in)

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