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- A dismal place it still remains, with rows of ugly huts filled with surly ignorant tenants.Chapter 7 (76% in)
- Three temptations he met on those dark dunes that lay gray and dismal before the wonder-eyes of the child: the temptation of Hate, that stood out against the red dawn; the temptation of Despair, that darkened noonday; and the temptation of Doubt, that ever steals along with twilight.Chapter 12 (3% in)
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