Phrases with "joyless"

H. G. Wells Germany’s man of iron nodded a joyless assent. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

As a sort of atonement she wrote ‘Day after Day,’ the story of a dismal and joyless orphan, who dies to the sound of angelic music, faint and farheard, filling the whole chamber. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Thin, pale-faced, joyless mothers will come there, and grow old before their time; and sickly children will be born, struggling up with wan faces to their sad life’s labor. North America by Anthony Trollope

He had no desire that his son should ever profit by the labours and deprivations of all those joyless years in which his fortune had been scraped together. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson So he will learn — or learn not to forget — the poetry of life and earth, which, when he has acquired his track, will save him from joyless reproduction. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells A few yards away, a wakeful Marjorie confronted a joyless universe. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Mary brought out her poor little arguments, glorified by the light of perfect faith; but they were of no avail against opinions which had been the gradual growth of a long and joyless life. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Now Gudrun asked her bower-maidens why they sat so joyless and downcast. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

I seemed to have no spirit at all, and accepting all my persecutions as quite in the natural order of things, I slunk through my lonely boyhood, a little, shrinking, joyless coward. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Meredith They take colour from sunlight, and are joyless in colour as in shade. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Sinclair Lewis As Holabird’s tweeds made Clay Tredgold’s smartness seem hard and pretentious, so his dinner revealed Angus Duer’s affairs in Chicago as mechanical and joyless and a little anxious. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

If still the paths of lore she follow, ’Twill be with tired and goaded will; She’ll only toil, the aching hollow, The joyless blank of life to fill. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Thomas Hardy For hours nothing relieved the joyless monotony of things. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim She is there, within reach of my arms; she has found her way in upon a life as lonely and joyless as the life of any man can be. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Washington Irving Reynolds, the kind participator in joyless dissipation, could have told a different story of his companion’s heart-sick gayety. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Sea-days are long, — these lack-lustre, joyless days which whistled over us; but they were few, — only fifteen, as the captain counted, sixteen according to me. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Henry James It is a very lonely, restless, joyless life. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

The pale fixed face, the listless hands clasped loosely in her lap, every attitude of the drooping figure, betrayed the joyless spirit, the broken heart. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing It is very hard to think of her living in such a poor and joyless way in those hateful surroundings. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott Morn has raised him from a joyless bed, which night has seen him lie down upon, wearied with wielding a mercenary weapon in the wars of strangers. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

It may, or it may not, succeed: if it does not, you are menaced with the darkest evils; and if it does, you cannot be better off than the dull and joyless mystic whom you have taken for a master. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

If the picturesque seclusion of Fellside had seemed dull and joyless to Lesbia in days gone by, it was much duller to her now. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

They took me away from the dull round of schoolroom drudgery, that was fast changing me into a hard hopeless joyless automaton. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And now my dream is ended, and I awake to a blank, joyless life. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Walter Scott Bucklaw, shut out from his usual field-sports and joyous carouses by the necessity of remaining concealed within the walls of the castle, became a joyless and uninteresting companion. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

E. F. Benson They had seemed then but joyless and negligible tokens; now they gleamed with their accustomed splendour. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

And she was wondering why such empty, joyless lives should exist in a world where there was such deep happiness and joy. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Sylvia stretched out her white hands and smiled, and Richard Devine understood in his turn the story of the young girl’s joyless life, and knew how she had been sacrificed. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James But she lingered a moment and gave a timid, joyless smile. The American by Henry James [1877]

Then came the arrival of Sir Wynston — his murder — her elopement with Marston, and her guilty and joyless triumph. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Her bitter marriage, joyless in all its chapters, indefensible where the man was right as well as where insensately wrong, had been imprisonment. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson He looked on in silence, now spitting heavily on the floor, now putting his head back and uttering a loud, discordant, joyless laugh. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev Her day, a joyless and gloomy day, had long been over; but the evening of her life was blacker than night. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

I have never forgotten that number, and always it comes to memory attended by gibbering obscenity, peals of joyless laughter, the clang of iron doors. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Herman Melville Ere long, with a joyless mien, looking up towards the poop, the host invited his guest to accompany him there, for the benefit of what little breath of wind might be stirring. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Caroline Lamb Her eyes had long been fixed upon one who took no part in this convivial scene—whose pale cheek and brow expressed much of disappointed hope, or of joyless indifference. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells She was sexless, her personal pride was all transferred, she mothered another woman’s child with a hard, joyless devotion that was at least entirely compatible with a stoical separation. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Marston continued to be the same gloomy and joyless being as heretofore. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Many times, in the long wakeful nights, in the slow, joyless days, she had said to herself, “Peace, peace, when there was no peace. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Her existence had been by no means as joyless or desolate as such an existence is generally represented by the writer of fiction. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]