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Because Harman concentrates the bulk of her efforts on Stevenson's Samoan adventures with Fanny and Company, the dismalness of his hypochondriac "invalid" years fades as he learns pidgins, takes to wearing cotton sarongs, nestles tropical buds behind his ears, and battles jungle growth with his bare hands.
More worryingly, there are several cars not only spotted daily but still selling in numbers ( the most popular being described as of almost unmatched dismalness.
And, we in electronics, we know the dismalness best.