He had hardly touched the paper with the point of his twig when a low, wild peal of laughter broke out at a measureless distance away, and growing ever louder, seemed approaching ever nearer; a soulless, heartless, and unjoyous
laugh, like that of the loon, solitary by the lakeside at midnight; a laugh which culminated in an unearthly shout close at hand, then died away by slow gradations, as if the accursed being that uttered it had withdrawn over the verge of the world whence it had come.
On emerging from the Old Manse, it was chiefly this strange, indolent, unjoyous
attachment for my native town that brought me to fill a place in Uncle Sam's brick edifice, when I might as well, or better, have gone somewhere else.
Film includes three songs, smoothly woven into the narrative sans dancing; only the final song jars in contrast to the unjoyous
Even as Frayser records his failure to find his own voice, he feels a strange sensation taking "possession of his body and mind" as the unearthly voice of the female, "a soulless, heartless, and unjoyous
laugh" momentarily fills the air.
Orange balloons fastened to the railing in tidy unjoyous
She seemed a particularly unjoyous
sort of woman, although of course she may have been nervous."