Passage of doom

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“All vastness, the clouds are piled up like giant rocks, and there is a 'brool' over the sea that sounds like some passage of doom.”

Excerpt From: Stoker, Bram. “Dracula.”

In the paragraph the author is describing a landscape. I don't understand the meaning of "passage of doom". Does it mean that the sea sounds like the tragic fate (=doom) is coming (=passing=passage)?
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I don't think there's anything there to justify the interpretation "musical passage". My take would be that the sound of the "brool" indicates or suggests that doom is passing over the waters, i.e. it sounds menacing.
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