In the day we are angry, disappointed, or indignant, but never "in the blues" and never melancholy. When things go wrong at ten o'clock in the morning we--or rather you--swear and knock the furniture about; but if the misfortune comes at ten P.M., we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.
But, as a rule, it is not trouble that makes us melancholy. The actuality is too stern a thing for sentiment.
An episode of humour or kindness touches and amuses him here and there--a pretty child looking at a gingerbread stall; a pretty girl blushing whilst her lover talks to her and chooses her fairing; poor Tom Fool, yonder behind the waggon, mumbling his bone with the honest family which lives by his tumbling; but the general impression is one more melancholy
But in man there is more of the child than in the youth, and less of melancholy
: better understandeth he about life and death.
It was a most fortunate accident as it diverted the attention of Sophia from the melancholy reflections which she had been before indulging.
I'll play to him and sooth him in his melancholy Hours--Beware ye gentle Nymphs of Cupid's Thunderbolts, avoid the piercing shafts of Jupiter--Look at that grove of Firs--I see a Leg of Mutton--They told me Edward was not Dead; but they deceived me--they took him for a cucumber--" Thus I continued wildly exclaiming on my Edward's Death--.
There is something contagious in the natural expression of our passions, that insensibly enlists the sympathies of the beholder--and Seymour felt a soft melancholy
stealing over him as he gazed, that was but a faint reflection of the tenderness excited in the breast of Charlotte, while she listened to sounds that penetrated to her very soul.
Employment, even melancholy
, may dispel melancholy
, and her occupations were hopeful.
Jones had been there as Mrs Honour had told her; he had indeed spent two hours there that morning in melancholy
contemplation on his Sophia, and had gone out from the garden at one door the moment she entered it at another.
Newman gave a melancholy
groan and fell forward, leaning his head on his hands.
A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy
; another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language"; another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out; and a peculiarity that conspicuously marked and marred them was the inveterate and intolerable sermon that wagged its crippled tail at the end of each and every one of them.
The doctor's opinion was that melancholy
and depression were bringing him to his end.