Usage examples for sullenness

  1. There is something of disgust at the ruthless hypocrisy of her sisters, and some little faulty admixture of pride and sullenness in Cordelia's 'Nothing; ' and her tone is well contrived, indeed, to lessen the glaring absurdity of Lear's conduct, but answers the yet more important purpose of forcing away the attention from the nursery- tale, the moment it has served its end, that of supplying the canvass for the picture. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. Lady O'Gara's attention was otherwise absorbed so that she did not notice the sudden delighted friendliness in Terry towards Stella nor the quick withdrawal into sullenness which spoilt Eileen's looks for the luncheon- hour. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  3. The others were watching Ballard with gathering sullenness, as they had watched Hewley while he was winning Wingo's money, only now the sullenness was of a more decided complexion. – Red Men and White by Owen Wister
  4. The remainder of the meal, made uncomfortable by Maria's sullenness and Paredes's sneers, his attempt to recapture the earlier gayety of the evening by continuing to drink the wine, his determination to go later to the Cedars in spite of Graham's doubt- of all these things no particular lacked. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  5. He had nearly resolved with some sullenness to let matters take their course until the " cursed visit was over." – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  6. Her face was all puckered up now; there was no temper or sullenness about it, but real pale- faced distress. – The Rectory Children by Mrs Molesworth
  7. She rested her head against it and met the sky light with half- shut eyes, lovely in silken hair and pallid flesh through all her sullenness and dejection. – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  8. All this time Deerfoot remained like a statue of sullenness, glowering on the two, as though he would have been pleased to tomahawk both actors in the singular drama. – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  9. He was silent, and sat looking in front of him with an air of vacuous sullenness which ill- became his cast of countenance. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  10. " I'm guiding you right," he answered, with that sullenness which comes to his kind from fear, " but a man will slip his bearings sometimes in this country." – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  11. In her mother's presence it was easy enough to believe this, but Ellen was too quick- witted to deceive herself all the time and, as the days went by and her failure in stenography grew more and more apparent, she began to lose her air of aggressive confidence and to show in a new sullenness of manner the chagrin and the disappointment she was feeling. – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  12. Maintaining his former sullenness, and scarcely looking at me, he said abruptly: 'You are going out again? – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. At first he flung up his head in astonishment at her words, then, as she proceeded, a flush swept across his face and his eyes filled up again with sullenness. – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  14. It was not angry now, there was hardly even a trace of sullenness on it. – The Moving Finger A Trotting Christmas Eve at Warwingie Lost! The Loss of the "Vanity" Dick Stanesby's Hutkeeper The Yanyilla Steeplechase A Digger's Christmas by Mary Gaunt
  15. He knew, now, why the other cave- men imprisoned here wore constant expressions of aloof sullenness. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  16. Who does not remember the countless rehearsals which were necessary before she first sang Isolde in Berlin; the disgust of the conductor, the sullenness of the tenor, the rages of the blonde teufelin, boiling with the impatience of youth and genius, who sang her Brangaena? – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  17. She was frightened and ashamed, and the sullenness which is the refuge of most young people descended upon her like a darkness. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  18. Long before the meal was over, Grange had put aside his sullenness, and they were conversing together as comrades. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  19. And now might be heard from all quarters the sound of hammers made by the old Dutch burghers, in nailing up their doors and windows, to protect their vrouws from these fierce barbarians, whom they contemplated in silent sullenness from the garret windows as they paraded through the streets. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving