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SYN. Sorrowful, Lugubrious, Sad, Doleful, Afflictive, Grievous, Calamitous, Despair, Languish

Definition: Of or charcterized by mourning; feeling or expressing grief or sorrow

Example:
“He [Eugene] died anyway. Six months after Oliver went, we woke on a mean November morning and there was Eugene, cold in the bed beside us…They dressed him in a white gown and laid him on the bed by the window where he used to look out for Oliver. They placed his hands on his chest, on hand on top of the other, bound in the little white rosary beads…Dad stood at the end beating his fists against his thighs, talking to Eugene, telling him, Och, it was the River Shannon that harmed you, the dampness from the river, that came and took you and Oliver…They each knelt by the bed and said a prayer and kissed Eugene’s forehead…He [dad] turned down the flame in the paraffin oil lamp on the table and said it was time for Malachy and me to be in bed. We’d have to sleep with him and Mam that night as little Eugene would be needing the bed for himself. It was dark in the room now except for the silver of streetlight that fell on Eugene’s lovely soft silky hair.”
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

Explanation:
Within depicting the lost of the second twin brother, Eugene, McCourt, conveys a mournful tone as vindicated by the specific details he uses to describe the impact of his death upon the family. The short sentence before the longs sentence, “He [Eugene] died anyway. Six months after Oliver went, we woke..” displays contrast between the two sentences which vindicates the result of Oliver’s death upon Eugene’s physical conditions, illustrating McCourt’s mournful tone toward the death of both his brothers. The specific clothing and placement of Eugene’s body next to the window, where he usually remains, looking out for Oliver, emphasizes McCourt’s grieving tone toward his brothers, indicating his recognition of the love between Eugene and Oliver. Additionally, the precise details of Eugene’s features, “ the silver of streetlight that fell on Eugene’s lovely soft silky hair.” exhibit’s the vivid imagery McCourt uses to display his sorrow toward his little dead brother, vindicated by the positive connotation of the color silver, which reflects the affection McCourt contained toward his brother, which emphasizes his mournful toward Eugene’s death.

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