Interested in Language
Can anybody explain to me what the phrase "weirdly morne" means?
Having reached the end, I emerged upon a wide ledge which shuddered to the immediate onsets of the sea. But all this portion of the island was, in addition, subject to a sharp continuous ague evidently not due to the heavy ordnance of the ocean. Hugging a point of cliff for steadiness from the wind, I looked forth upon a spectacle of weirdly morne, of dismal wildness. The opening lines of Hecuba, or some drear district of the Inferno, seemed realized before me.
Vaila, M.P.Shiel, 1896
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Thank you very much for trying to help me. I had looked up the page before you gave me the hint (in fact, I often use thefreedictionary) and that is why I asked somebody here because it seems to me the word morne has nothing to do with morning but maybe is related to something like mournful.
It's not even listed in the modern "dictionary.com" site.
Just an archaic spelling, is my guess.
Why you are reading something from 1896 is not clear. The language can be difficult even for modern English native speakers.