Phrases with "cheerless"

George Gissing At the close of the London season she seemed weary and spiritless, very unlike herself; having no invitation for the next two months, she withdrew to Whitsand, and there spent some cheerless weeks. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

It was an October twilight, cold and gray, and the place had a cheerless and dismal aspect to that solitary young traveller, to whom English life and an English atmosphere were somewhat strange. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells I found the house a cheerless one. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle To Kate’s mind it was all as weird and gloomy and cheerless even as the thoughts within her. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Marjorie Bowen There was luxury but no comfort; to my lady’s hazing eyes it appeared a cheerless place. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

William Hope Hodgson Possibly quite as much of the yellow god, which had caused all this trouble, as the torpid, cheerless “female” at my side. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy He expected to find the downstairs rooms wearing the gray and cheerless aspect that early morning gives to everything out of the sun. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson Only when day broke, a cheerless February day, was he satisfied that he could not have acted differently. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Life is a dull, sordid struggle, leading down to a cheerless old age. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Something whose absence leaves a void — A cheerless want in every heart; Each feels the bliss of all destroyed, And mourns the change — but each apart. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

George Gissing It was a bleak, cheerless day; the air was cold with the breath of the nearing winter. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing When he reached home he was in cheerless plight enough; to make things pleasanter, one of his boots had let in water abundantly. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Isabella Bird It was in some respects a cheerless embarkation. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Ivan Turgenev I cannot gaze enough at my poor, cheerless room, saying farewell to each spot on my walls. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing They both brooded in a cheerless way. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

W. W. Jacobs It was a damp, cheerless morning when they got to Northfleet again. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

He was seen a mile away from the cheerless camp, where his companions, with smoke-dried eyes, lamented his absence. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins No woman looks forward willingly to a life of cheerless celibacy. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

So the brief interlude of comfort and happiness was over and once more I must go forth to wander, a wretched Ishmaelite, through the cheerless wilderness. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A dozen of these yokels, red-eyed, cheerless as scarecrows, saw the incident. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

G. K. Chesterton Yet three men and two girls had at last found even the gray and chilly garden more tolerable than the black and cheerless interior. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Monsieur’s brows contracted, as he remarked aloud, “What a cheerless house. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle So bare and cheerless was the outlook, and so few and poor the dwellings, that Sir Nigel began to have fears as to whether he might find food and quarters for his little troop. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edith Wharton It formed a rambling addition to the small cheerless house in which the artist lived with his mother and a widowed sister. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Kate Chopin The room looked cheerless and dingy to Edna as she entered. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

On the next Sunday after the thought Grandemont rode, horseback, down to Charleroi. The big, square house with its two long ells looked blank and cheerless with its closed shutters and doors. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Jane Austen When he was here before, we made the best of it; but there was a good deal of wet, damp, cheerless weather; there always is in February, you know, and we could not do half that we intended. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Gissing Usually, I eat my dinner at home—a bad dinner and a cheerless room. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle Kate, as she looked across, felt doubly cheerless and lonely by the contrast. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The musty farm parlour, looking out on to a prim, cheerless garden imprisoned within high, blank walls, was not a room that lent itself readily either to comfort or decoration. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

George Gissing This afternoon it wore a cheerless face; most of the blinds were still down, and the dwelling might have been unoccupied, for any sign of human activity that the eye could catch. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Another cheerless day helped her to make up her mind. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jack London He ranged far and wide, and slept but little in the lair that had now become cheerless and miserable. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry James His outlook was cheerless enough. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

H. G. Wells It had become cheerless and almost sinister. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing She peeped into all the cheerless chambers, then returned to the door. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

In the dull, cheerless garden, overlooked by so many windows that were ready to open with a message not to do this or that, or a reminder that medicines were due, he found little attraction. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

William Hope Hodgson NOW THE WIND was very violent from the sea, and threatened to blow down our tent, the which, indeed, it achieved at last as we made an end of a cheerless breakfast. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing As soon as he had lit a candle, Arthur saw that the room was just as he had left it, in cheerless disorder. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing You have given me no help; besides the burden of cheerless work I have had to bear that of your growing coldness. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing When they returned to the studio, to smoke by the fireside, only a casual word broke the cheerless silence. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Guy de Maupassan He took them to their room, a cheerless room of bare stone, but handsome for this country, where all elegance is ignored. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James We see a great deal of that – the way things come out,” said Mrs Bowerbank, whose view of life seemed to abound in cheerless contingencies. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

I gave it up, and presently dropped into a cheerless doze. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

The lamp smoked, the fire was out, the chill of the stormy night oozed from the cheerless yellow paper on the wall. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Virginia Woolf The room itself was a cheerless one to return to at this inauspicious hour. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing He went home and passed a cheerless time until the next morning. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

W. W. Jacobs It was a cold, cheerless afternoon in November as Mr. Hyams, who had occasional hazy ideas of hygiene, stood at his door taking the air. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Robert Louis Stevenson It is better that he should go without the cheerful lights of culture, if cheerless doubt and paralysing sentimentalism are to be the consequence. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nay, even that cheerless room at the top of the house must be far warmer and more cosy than this cold underground kitchen could possibly be. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was a cheerless prospect, but one stimulating to a traveller. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

He left Vienna on a cold, cheerless day. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

George Gissing The place was cheerless beyond description. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

It was the beginning of December — bleak, cheerless weather — and the woods looked black against a dull gray sky. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope Arthur arrived at the cold, cheerless village of Bowes with a red nose, but with eager hopes. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The March day was bright and sunny, with a cheerless sunshine certainly. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing He had not much hope of mutual understanding between his sister and Mrs. Damerel. At half-past five he was home again, and there followed a cheerless evening. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Even where efforts had been begun, the machinery was quite inadequate, the teachers few, the schoolrooms cheerless and ill-equipped. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The mere reception by the Lambs was so full of goodness and hospitable feeling, that it kindled animation in the most cheerless or torpid of invalids. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

On the breakfast-tables of cheerless parlours it was partaken of in silence. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

As they passed into the cheerless little room, Rex held open the door. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing But it surprised her to be conducted into a room where lamps were burning, and blinds drawn close; she passed suddenly from cheerless day to cosy evening. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I remembered the cheerless claim that the human mind was no better than in its earliest period of savagery, only better informed — a statement I had never believed. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The king had noticed the cheerless aspect of the heavens as he approached the window immediately upon rising. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And, after all, it is a cheerless scene, and cheerless are the wanderers in it. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

He seldom laughed, and when he did his mirth was hard and cheerless like his own exterior. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Gissing It was a relief to both guardian and ward when at length the dinner bell rang, calling them from the cheerless company of their own reflections. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then in a taxi they rode along cheerless streets through a dank November night. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing All her married life had been spent in a cheerless struggle to maintain the externals of gentility. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

They dared not move her from the cheerless rooms in Soho. Lovel was sent down to Ventnor with Lady Geraldine and a new nurse. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Theodore Dreiser In the morning he was aroused out of a pleasant dream by several men stirring about in the cold, cheerless room. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It was this period of his life which Robert afterwards described, as combining “the cheerless gloom of a hermit with the unceasing moil of galley-slave. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Poor gentleman, he was no longer young; and years, and poverty, and humble ambition thwarted, make a cheerless lot. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. Phillips Oppenheim Temporarily the apartment had been transformed into a bare, cheerless place. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Algernon Blackwood The troubles of modern life, of Labour, Politics, Taxes, cost of living, all the common, daily things came in with the cheerless morning air. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

To my reproaches for venturing out at all in such weather, she answered, characteristically, that she could not bear the thought of abandoning me to my cheerless solitude. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

George Gissing He did so to-day, though the sky was cheerless and a strong north-west wind made it anything but agreeable to wait about in open spaces. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Breakfast was a cheerless meal. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

By no means a cheerless prospect, and I can hardly expect you to see it as I do — as a slender, breathless, and far too frantic interlude. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Edith Wharton The discolouration he carried in his eye made the mill-village seem more than commonly cheerless and ugly as he walked over to the office after breakfast. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

D. H. Lawrence Hilda shook her hair and looked round the bare, cheerless room. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne The heavy clouds, driving along toward the east, hung on the ground like rays of vapor, and deep, cheerless gloom intensified the horrors of the night. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Caroline Lamb His heart was cheerless in the midst of joy: he was poor, whilst abundance surrounded him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Washington Irving The posada was outside of the walls; it had a cheerless look. The Alhambra by Washington Irving