All three messages are discharged in a rapid-fire aesthetic critique of Britain's places, laced with racy contempt for their dismalness
Machiavelli's error was, first, to overestimate the dismalness
of the Middle Ages and underestimate their strengths.
Although the concept of African renaissance was popularized by Thabo Mbeki in recent years, the potential of Africa to step out of a dismalness
and shed itself of its myriad problems and assume its place in the world stage was foretold by one of the founders of the African National Congress, (34) Pixley ka Izaka Seme, when he spoke at Columbia University in New York in 1906 wherein he poetically said:
Despite the dismalness
of Durtal's first-hand experience of Satanism, his biographical research into the criminal history of Gilles de Rais shows Huysmans's pursuing the connection between Christian Dolorism and alchemy.
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.