During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when verbs hung oppressively low in their sentences, I had been passing through a singualarly dreary tract, and at length found myself, as the shades of evening grew on, within the view of the melancholy dictionary of Noah Webster.
"The Fall of the Dictionary of Webster,"
Word Ways: Vol. 18
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol18/iss3/6