History and the dismal science had interested him immensely.
Carlyle called it "the dismal science," and most books on the subject are dismal enough to justify the term.
He blamed the dismal science for the dismal facts and for the inadequacies of its classic expounders.
"If it were not for your dismal science," he is sure to add; and to fire him I lay it to the defects of early training.
It was this way of looking at things that gave to political economy the name of the dismal science.
But even he who has read only thus far must know that political economy is no cold-blooded or dismal science, as people say.
He afterwards devoted himself to lecturing in London, and was for many years the most ardent apostle of the 'dismal science.'
"A dismal science," indeed, as any science is when it becomes an unlimited despotism.