Phrases with "gloom"

When spring was passing I felt a gloom come over me as I walked there, and one day a terror seized me and I ran and ran till I was among the hazels. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope As far as he could see through the gloom of the evening, there were no workmen near the place. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

James Joyce Well, so be it! The gloom hath rays, her lump is love. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Jules Verne This gloom would favor the plans of Ivan Ogareff. For a few days already a sharp frost had given warning of the approaching rigor of the Siberian winter, and this evening it was especially severe. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Thomas Hardy I had arranged to give one, and it was not worth while to make more gloom than necessary. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was as if his faded figure had been colored over anew, or at least, as he and Pansie moved along the street, as if a sunbeam had fallen across him, instead of the gray gloom of an instant before. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

William Hope Hodgson They did little more than make the gloom visible. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

The Malabar seemed to be enveloped in an electric cloud, whose sullen gloom a chance spark might flash into a blaze that should consume her. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Stur Notwithstanding the spirit and firmness with which the colonists bore their reverses, there could not but be a gloom over the community where every thing seemed to be on the brink of ruin. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Jane Austen The gloom of her first anticipations was proved to have been unfounded. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

There were a gloom and disorder in the room accordant with those of his own mind. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

At times he forgets his gloom and his misanthropy, and speaks with a strange depth of feeling on friendship or on love. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Heaven knows she would have seen no lack of tenderness or compassion in his face, if it had not been hidden by the gathering gloom of the August evening. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The excitement of the catastrophe had passed away, and only the dull gloom remained — a sense of oppression not to be cast aside. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing The gloom of a desperate mood fell upon him. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then we made our way through the unnatural gloom thrown by that menacing cloud. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Suddenly through the gloom of the twilight-haunted woods came the scream of a rabbit caught by a weasel. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Here, amid the luxuriant and shadowing groves, in the gray gloom of a sweet midsummer evening, I observed my opportunity and accosted her. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope She became gloomy before she reached her new house, and never laid her gloom aside. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel In the twilight gloom his glittering rows of shark’s teeth seemed impacted on my eyeball—I saw them, and nothing else. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

George Gissing With the coming of Irene, gloom vanished. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh, sad and woeful night of May — overshadowing the coming summer months with gloom and bitter remorse! Still youth prevailed over all. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

D. H. Lawrence The rigid, sombre, ugly cathedral was settling under the gloom of the coming night, as they entered the narrow town, the golden lights showed like slabs of revelation, in the shop-windows. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Even that dim light is now withdrawn, relinquishing the whole domain of Merry Mount to the evening gloom which has rushed so instantaneously from the black surrounding woods. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Washington Irving Their gayety was chilled by the unaccountable gloom of the bridegroom; their spirits were infected; whispers and glances were interchanged, accompanied by shrugs and dubious shakes of the head. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

The patient remonstrated — faintly, however, from the first, and not at all ere long: loneliness and gloom were now banished from her bedside; protection and solace sat there instead. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

When I knew it, Crosby Hall was standing where it was built, and in those days it still held many traces of the hard gloom and mouldering dinge in which Dickens presented it. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope Though she had said that the sun was shining, it was the setting sun, and in another half hour the gloom of the evening would be there. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Lady Morgan It seems as though a seal had been fixed upon every bliss of the senses and the heart, which her breath alone could dissolve that all was gloom and chaos until she said “let there be light. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Mr. Bildad Gorcas, whose death has cast a wet blanket of gloom over our community, was a man comparatively unknown, but his life furnishes an instructive lesson to fast livers. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Looking at the matter from this point of view, Mr. Sampson was surprised to perceive a certain air of gloom and despondency about his companion which seemed quite unnatural to a man in his position. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle The dark panelling glowed like bronze in the golden rays, and it was hard to realize that this was indeed the chamber which had struck such a gloom into our souls upon the evening before. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Thomas Hardy In a moment they had disappeared amid the gloom of the lawn. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling I followed up the ladder into the gloom cast by the wharf edge and the big lumber-ship’s side. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

The faint gray twilight outside the long meadows faded to the thick gloom of wintry, night. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope At this moment, which was certainly one of gloom to the parish at large, and of great sorrow at the Vicarage, the Squire moved about with a new life which was evident to all who saw him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James The room within was indistinct, but in a moment a graceful figure vaguely shaped itself in the rich-looking gloom — a lady came to meet them. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Indeed, he was never the man to sit long in gloom or to wait listlessly for the movement of fortune’s wheel. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Dora was her husband’s companion through many an hour of gloom and depression. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle For six days in the week they spouted smoke, but today the furnace fires were banked, for it was Sunday. Sordid and polluting gloom hung over a district blighted and blasted by the greed of man. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

James Joyce He knelt in the silent gloom and raised his eyes to the white crucifix suspended above him. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arnold Bennett The few people whom he encountered seemed to be out upon mysterious errands, seemed to emerge strangely from one gloom and strangely to vanish into another. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Washington Irving At length he heard the tramp of hoofs, and, through the gloom of the overshadowing trees, imperfectly beheld a steed descending the avenue. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

She was now wholly awake; the sullen gloom crept over her face once more, and her cheeks became livid. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Frederick Marryat Edward’s sudden departure had spread a gloom over them all — even the Intendant was silent and thoughtful. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

In this condition of physical wretchedness and the blackest mental gloom Mr Craw became aware of a roaring of flooded waters and a bridge which spanned a porter-coloured torrent. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D. H. Lawrence The gloom that had passed across was gone. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

He was still standing by the churchyard gate, just visible through the gloom of the fast deepening twilight. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Anthony Trollope What should she do now? She was quite certain that he could not see her, as she stood far back in the room, within the gloom of the dark walls. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

As he stepped from the warm pavement into the cool vault of the best but saddest of all London stations — the very name of it reeks of endings and partings — gloom sat on his face like a portent. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Ann Radcliffe A ray of hope beamed through the gloom of his dungeon. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Sinclair Lewis When Martin left her at the Lodge, in the leafy gloom high on the Penrith Hills, Leora felt his absence. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The trunks of the trees in the forest on the east bank were lost in gloom while their highest branches swayed gently in the departing sunlight. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The next day Charles Fairfield fell into his old gloom and anxieties; the temporary relief was felt no more, and the usual reaction followed. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Margaret Oliphant The loch was dark and still, all hushed after the sweeping blasts of rain, but black with the reflections of gloom from the sky. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The town of Como lies, a swarm of lights, behind us; the hills and shadows gloom around; the lake is a sheet of tremulous silver. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George Meredith A change from quarters like these to a French hotel would be a descent!—‘this the seat, this mournful gloom for that celestial light. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thomas Hardy Her prayer was always spontaneous, and often ran thus, “O deliver my heart from this fearful gloom and loneliness; send me great love from somewhere, else I shall die. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Her sensitive nature melted in unwonted tenderness while occupied by such contemplations, and they turned the path, she had so lately entered as one of triumph and gladness, to gloom and despondence. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett Behind him was the lighted house; in front the gloom of the lawn ending in shrubberies and gates, with a street-lamp beyond. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Marjorie Bowen A lady emerged from the gloom of the other chamber. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

At intervals, when the gloom deepened toward despair, Morris would produce the whisky-bottle, and at first John welcomed the diversion — not for long. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing This sinking of the heart, this menace of gloom and rebellion, was treachery to his better self. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

M. P. Shiel The fate of Bates filled Hogarth’s mind with a gloom so funereal, that now his strength, his great patience, all but succumbed. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope But the weight of that half hour of silence and of Michel’s gloom was intolerable to him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens In its court-yard — worthy of the Castle of Otranto in its ponderous gloom — is a massive staircase that the heaviest waggon and the stoutest team of horses might be driven up. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Wilkie Collins I have had my days of gloom and self-reproach, from time to time, since then. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Robert Green Ingersoll And when the sun went down Saturday night there was a gloom deeper than midnight that fell upon the house. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Kingsley One of the old lady’s last fancies was sitting in the dark, or in a gloom so profound as to approach to darkness. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Thomas Hardy It faced westward, and though gloom prevailed inside, there was still light enough without to see with distinctness. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

There was no half-fit gloom in the dining-room today; the place was starched and shining, silver, glass and linen. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Ann Radcliffe A certain wildness in his eye at times expressed the sudden start of horror, and again his features would sink into the gloom of despondency. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Great Scott!” As he spoke, a sudden explosion cleft the drone of the wind and a patch of gloom flashed into yellow light. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Jack London A feeling of gloom pervaded the ill-lighted place. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Wilkie Collins The idea of descending any sooner than I could help into the heat and gloom of London repelled me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Augustine Birrell What others did at distance hear And guessed within the thicket’s gloom Was shown to this philosopher, And at his bidding seemed to come. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

They came by dozens and by hundreds; as far on either hand as one could see in the deepening gloom they extended and the black wood behind them appeared to be inexhaustible. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

To his right, to his left, and behind him, splashes of gold appeared in the deep shade of the forest, thinning the gloom under the ragged roof of leaves. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her father’s countenance fell back into the deep gloom from which it was but just emerging at the sound of Mary’s sweet voice, and pretty pleading. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

M. P. Shiel As he fell in, she lay stretched on the couch, with closed eyes, the purple gloom of the lychnoi on her face, an arm over-hanging the edge. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

E. F. Benson Lucia made the depressing announcement during dinner, and a gloom fell on the party as they cut for partners. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

George Gissing And when her sister comes on Sunday, there’s not a trace of gloom discoverable. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

M. P. Shiel Her quick fictile spirit likened more and more to the marble shape of gloom upon which she looked. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Margaret Oliphant The drawing-room in Moray Place seemed in the partial gloom very large and lofty. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Ivan Turgenev A gloom had come over their lives, and never again did that gloom pass out of it. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling Yet, as the lights pierced the gloom they looked like bandits dividing the spoil. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

William Cowper Our fathers knew the value of a screen From sultry suns, and, in their shaded walks And long-protracted bowers, enjoyed at noon The gloom and coolness of declining day. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

The corners of the room were already dark; all was growing dim, and the gloom was insensibly toning my mind, already prepared for what was sinister. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood’s gloom over the slight decrease in profits and the departure of the Vances came together. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

There was no light to see the flowers by, and there was no colour in it, only a dim purple gloom and the white of the falling stream, for the moon was still too low in the heavens to reach it. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Margaret Oliphant His face, on the contrary, assumed the look of gloom and displeasure which she knew so well. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope The gloom which had fallen upon her acted upon her lover and then reacted upon herself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

As intensely personal as the Parnassiens were detached, he poured into his verse all the gloom of his own character, all the bitterness of his own philosophy, all the agony of his own despair. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Mary Webb But Hazel did not mind that, though her boots let in the water, as she minded the atmosphere of gloom at old Samson’s blind house. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

James Joyce It had cast a gloom over him which he tried to dispel by arranging his cuffs and the bows of his tie. Dubliners by James Joyce

You will soon cease to be my pupil, Mr. Stanbrough, and far be it from me to cast a gloom upon your latest hours. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

But tired of this dry work at last, Crayon and chalk aside I cast, And gave my brush a drink! Dipping —“as when a painter dips In gloom of earthquake and eclipse,”— That is — in Indian ink. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Edgar Allan Poe An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Harry, too, was near his own home, and went forward through the thick gloom without a doubt, Jacko following him faithfully. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope After leaving the fire, he had still a ride of seven or eight miles through the gloom of the forest — all alone. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker The moonbeams seemed to quiver as they went by me into the mass of gloom beyond. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Eliot It might be death — and death might mean this chill gloom with the face of the hideous past hanging over him for ever. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anthony Trollope That gloom of silence was to him most painful. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Its vast shadow veiled a wedge of unassimilable detail, that might be a wilderness of streams and rich pools, in gloom and mystery. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

William Hope Hodgson There appeared to be an extraordinary quality of gloom growing in the atmosphere of the room. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

From out the gloom which hung over the horizon rose a column of flame that lighted up the night for an instant, and then sunk, leaving a dull red spark upon the water. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Miles Franklin The dead dank gloom that settled on us upon learning that the eternal feminine was the infernal feminine! But Ma always said, “You’ll have to get used to it. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Elizabeth Gaskell But the valley beyond, similar in character, had yet more of gloom at the time of which I write. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

In the lessening gloom the valley itself took shape, revealing a floor of rock and shingle sloping upwards. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The first notice of the approach was the sudden emerging of horses’ heads from the deep gloom of the shady lane; the next was the mass of white pillows against which the dying patient was reclining. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Through the soft gloom a white form stole towards him, a rose against her lips, as silence has, to hide her smiles. Signa by Ouida

Arthur Conan Doyle The house was invisible from the road, but the surroundings all spoke of gloom and decay. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He preferred the gloom of his great silent house in St. James’s Square, where he lived a hermit’s life in his library when London was empty. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli The gloom which the parting had diffused over all countenances was quite dispelled when the Marquess entered. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Theodore Dreiser She was not so much burning with lust as determined in her drunken gloom that she would have revenge. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy He was carrying an open letter in his hand, and came straight to Winterborne. His gloom of the preceding night had quite gone. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

It was not the only hospital I have fled from, but its gloom and bareness, its sickly smell and, above all, something in its mental atmosphere stand out in my memory as exceptional. Collected Essays by George Orwell

And the blacksmith and the laundress experienced a sweet pleasure in feeling this gloom surround them in that shed black with soot and filings, and where an odor of old iron prevailed. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf For it was odd; and she believed it to be true; that with all his gloom and desperation he was happier, more hopeful on the whole, than she was. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

George MacDonald Neither of us said much while yet the sacred gloom of it closed us round. Lilith by George MacDonald

What could he reply? He could not understand this sudden revolution in public opinion — this abrupt change from gloom and discontent to excessive gayety. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing But near the front sat Mrs. Ascott Larkfield, a dazzling figure, and, at some distance, her daughter Mrs. Carnaby, no shadow of gloom upon her handsome features. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The gloom was increased by several grand old trees that crowded close about the house. Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Here was the business utterly spoiled! It was the gloom of anger, and even of apprehension. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arnold Bennett The gloom of the other extremity was illumined by a large mirror in a tarnished gilt frame, which filled a good portion of the wall opposite the windows. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

On Richard Hardie’s all was cordage: and deep gloom sat on his ever-knitted brow. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He did his utmost to seem at his ease, and to beguile his daughter into a more cordial bearing; but there was a gloom upon that little party of three which was palpably oppressive. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Eliot The eighteenth of August was one of these days when the sunshine looked brighter in all eyes for the gloom that went before. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Alfred Ainger Nor was the gloom of his home life unrelieved by occasional renewals of the intellectual companionship he had enjoyed at school. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

I felt also sentiments of joy and affection revive in my bosom; my gloom disappeared, and in a short time I became as cheerful as before I was attacked by the fatal passion. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Andrew Lang We may all have had a sudden fit of gloom which we could not explain. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Onward she went and on, through the gathering gloom — a gloom as dark and impenetrable as the future towards which my life’s bark was driving. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell I was with Nelly alone in the green gloom of the wood. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle What it all means I cannot guess, but there is some secret business going on in this house of gloom which sooner or later we shall get to the bottom of. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Having foretold it, there remains For grace no time, for hope no room; Even now I seem to feel the pains Of hell, that wait beyond the gloom   Of my dishonour’d tomb. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

I was absent-minded, overwhelmed with gloom and despair, and at the same time full of aversion toward him and all his race. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

In the double gloom of trees and fog, I could not see my guide; I could only follow his tread. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle Leaving our last link with earth beneath us, we pushed on into the gloom of the submarine world and soon we were met by a completely new development. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Tree and hall rose peaceful under the night sky and clear full orb; pearly paleness gilded the building; mellow brown gloom bosomed it round; shadows of deep green brooded above its oak-wreathed roof. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Ford Madox Ford He sat with the blue gloom of that enclosed space all over him, lumped heavily in his chair. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Robert Green Ingersoll They looked forward and saw poverty, deprivation, gloom and death. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Pale shafts of light slant from above into the gloom of its chilly passages. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Hardy The man was seen in the partial gloom to be large-framed and unhesitating. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The gloom and quietness of the place chilled me somehow. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Ann Radcliffe Having reached the farthest of these, they again stopped: the horrid gloom of the place seemed congenial to murder, and inspired deadly thoughts. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Reason at that time darted a ray upon the world through the gloom of the schools, and the prejudices of popular superstition. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Anthony Trollope She knew Lord Scroope’s age, and she knew the gloom of Scroope Manor; — and she became his wife. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

She was lying listening for him now in the twilight gloom amidst the blasts of that shrieking wind. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Meredith A gloom of hoarded hatred was visible in the mass of faces, ready to spring fierily. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Marjorie Bowen Gian’s manner had lost its gloom and wildness, he seemed light of heart and in a pleasant mood. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

But what is Fouquet’s object? To reign in my place and stead? — Impossible. Yet who knows!” thought the king, relapsing into gloom again. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Rudyard Kipling I wonder where Mr. Moorshed has got to?” We drifted down the Devolution’s side, as we had drifted down her sister’s; and we dealt with her in that dense gloom as we had dealt with her sister. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Ann Radcliffe The thick foliage of the trees threw a gloom around, which was every moment deepened by the shades of evening. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Rudyard Kipling The doomed creatures walked up and down without cessation, for when one fled away into the lamp-spangled gloom twenty came to take his place. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arnold Bennett The gloom was awful; it was desolating. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

They showed signs of neglect, and almost of decay; and the gloom of fallen grandeur, and a certain air of desertion hung oppressively over the scene. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

James Joyce They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame, Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil. Chamber Music by James Joyce

Radclyffe Hall It was spring and the gloom of the room was somewhat dispelled by the bright bunch of daffodils which Elizabeth had brought with her for the table. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Richard Burton The occasion was memorable: after the gloom and sameness of Moslem society, nothing could be more gladdening than the unveiled face of a pretty woman. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle The rocky edge curved away from us, but the abyss might be of any breadth, for our lights failed to penetrate the gloom which lay before us. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Anthony Hope I rose to my feet, and, piercing the gloom with my eager eyes, saw her pale face and the gleam of her hair, and before I knew, I spoke softly: “Flavia!” She trembled a little, and looked round. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gayety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Even she had felt the gloom and depression of adversity. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I was alone; none were near me to dissipate the gloom and relieve me from the sickening oppression of the most terrible reveries. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

H. Rider Haggard The day passed slowly, and at length the gloom gathering in the little cell told her that night was near. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

It’s funny, the tremendous gloom that sometimes gets hold of you late at night. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the sum of all, there are recollections that kindle the soul, and a gloom and languor that depress it beyond any depth of melancholic sentiment that can be elsewhere known. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Florence Dixie Rapidly the carriage then made for Ettrick Castle. There was little speaking on the way home, events having cast a gloom over every one. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell His gloom and his sternness became habitual instead of occasional. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Charles Dickens The time has come, after all these years of gloom and misery, for avenging him, and bringing to light a crime so artful and so devilish that it has no parallel. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A winter evening, a night of storm, had darkened over Pearson’s habitation, and there were no cheerful faces to drive the gloom from his broad hearth. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

M. P. Shiel Only at night, on every seventh day, in the reluctant gloom of the rock-chapel, did we come at sight of the hem of his garment; for our awful lids would not lift to his veiled face. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

His henchman assisted him to the pipe, which went on gushing a clear stream of water, sparkling exceedingly against the black piles and the gloom under the jetty. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing Finding that Pether was altogether unacquainted with the story of the mortgage, Arthur related it to him, whilst the former sat and listened with an ever-dispersing gloom upon his forbidding features. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle A gloom fell upon all the land, and men stood with their eyes upon the strange cloud and a heaviness upon their hearts. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Virginia Woolf A sort of awkwardness, grumpiness, gloom came into his eyes. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Jack London I am Man, Man, Man, from the tingling flesh To the dust of my earthly goal, From the nestling gloom of the pregnant womb To the sheen of my naked soul. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Algernon Blackwood For this sinister sensation of coming disaster made itself felt from the very beginning, and an atmosphere of gloom and dismay pervaded the entire Camp from that moment forward. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

She sat on a chair, and the gloom of the low eaves descended upon her head and shoulders. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I passed out through the gloom of the archway into the sunny space beyond. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

William Hazlitt A certain tender gloom o’erspreads the whole. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Charles Dickens The year was dying early, the leaves were falling fast, it was a raw cold day when we took possession, and the gloom of the house was most depressing. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing His three years of gloom and hardship were longer than all the life of placid contentment that came before. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

George Gissing On such occasions he threw off his habitual gloom and talked vigorously, making natural display of his learning and critical ability. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Out of the black gloom of the waters a huge, dark figure was emerging, falling rapidly downwards. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Jules Verne The moon, which was new the night before, would not appear above the horizon, and there was nothing to lessen the gloom of the darkness, which would, however, last but a few hours longer. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope And thus, thinking of these things, she stood at the window for some half-hour after the form of her accepted lover had become invisible in the gathering gloom of the evening. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

But there was gold carving, and rich and varied color enough in the other decorations of the room, to more than redeem the gloom of the old tapestry. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ann Radcliffe Schedoni looked again, but did not distinguish any object in the remote gloom of the passage, whither Spalatro’s sight was now fixed. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Bram Stoker Everything was affected; gloom was the predominant note. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Rudyard Kipling The gloom fell on us as we entered, and did not shift till ten o’clock, when we crawled out, as it were, from beneath it. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Edgar Allan Poe Nevertheless, in this mansion of gloom I now proposed to myself a sojourn of some weeks. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

I suggested landing, but Lángobúmo was positive that the storm had passed westwards, and he objected, with some reason, that in the outer gloom the boat might be dashed to pieces. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Victor Hugo By his mere presence he increased the gloom of the tempest and the calm of stars. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Altogether there may have been a dozen, and a jolly party they were, considering the legacy of gloom left by the town’s recent somber experiences. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

The thought, and the fantastic October weather, deepened the gloom which all morning had been growing on him. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Meredith Dense gloom overcame him like a cowl. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

And at this thought his simple soul surrendered itself to gloom and resentment as black as night. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

A certain air of comparative comfort, on our arrival, in great measure dissipated the gloom that was stealing over me. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The lower speck reached a pinewood and disappeared, and the upper speck was lost against the gloom of the trees. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]