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oppressively

unjustly inflicting hardship and constraint

coincidentally

done or happening by chance

pallor

an unhealthy pale appearance

hypochondriac

a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments

melancholy

a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

tapestries

artworks made of cloth, often used as wall hangings

bleak

offering little or no hope, inhospitable

peculiar

markedly different from the usual

torment

the act of harassing someone

gruels

A thin mixture of grains or legumes in milk or water

catalepsy

a trancelike state with loss of voluntary motion and failure to react to stimuli

heirs

people who carry on the tradition of predecessors

languishes

becomes weak or feeble

superstitions

false beliefs based on fear and ignorance

aghast

feeling great dismay or horror

mad hilarity

roaring laughter

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