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used in Frankenstein

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very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet.
  • I never saw a man in so wretched a condition.
    Introductory Letters (62% in)
wretched = miserable
  • I afterwards learned that, knowing my father's advanced age and unfitness for so long a journey, and how wretched my sickness would make Elizabeth, he spared them this grief by concealing the extent of my disorder.
    Chapter 5 (79% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • The picture appeared a vast and dim scene of evil, and I foresaw obscurely that I was destined to become the most wretched of human beings.
    Chapter 7 (39% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • "She most of all," said Ernest, "requires consolation; she accused herself of having caused the death of my brother, and that made her very wretched."
    Chapter 7 (76% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • How kind and generous you are! every one else believes in her guilt, and that made me wretched, for I knew that it was impossible: and to see every one else prejudiced in so deadly a manner rendered me hopeless and despairing.
    Chapter 7 (98% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice I suffered living torture.
    Chapter 8 (1% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • I relied on your innocence, and although I was then very wretched, I was not so miserable as I am now.
    Chapter 8 (64% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • Thus I might proclaim myself a madman, but not revoke the sentence passed upon my wretched victim.
    Chapter 8 (93% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • These events have affected me, God knows how deeply; but I am not so wretched as you are.
    Chapter 9 (60% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!
    Chapter 10 (53% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • The tortures of hell are too mild a vengeance for thy crimes.  Wretched devil!
    Chapter 10 (58% in)
  • wretched = very bad
  • You have made me wretched beyond expression.
    Chapter 10 (85% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel, quite bare, and making a wretched appearance after the palaces I had beheld in the village.
    Chapter 11 (55% in)
  • wretched = bad
  • If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched.
    Chapter 12 (13% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • I learned from Werter's imaginations despondency and gloom, but Plutarch taught me high thoughts; he elevated me above the wretched sphere of my own reflections, to admire and love the heroes of past ages.
    Chapter 15 (20% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • He had come forth from the hands of God a perfect creature, happy and prosperous, guarded by the especial care of his Creator; he was allowed to converse with and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature, but I was wretched, helpless, and alone.
    Chapter 15 (31% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • Increase of knowledge only discovered to me more clearly what a wretched outcast I was.
    Chapter 15 (48% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you.
    Chapter 20 (27% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • But I was doomed to live and in two months found myself as awaking from a dream, in a prison, stretched on a wretched bed, surrounded by jailers, turnkeys, bolts, and all the miserable apparatus of a dungeon.
    Chapter 21 (30% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • He had caused the best room in the prison to be prepared for me (wretched indeed was the best); and it was he who had provided a physician and a nurse.
    Chapter 21 (42% in)
  • wretched = bad
  • "What a place is this that you inhabit, my son!" said he, looking mournfully at the barred windows and wretched appearance of the room.
    Chapter 21 (66% in)
  • wretched = bad
  • With new courage, therefore, I pressed on, and in two days arrived at a wretched hamlet on the seashore.
    Chapter 24 (22% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • Hear him not; call on the names of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, my father, and of the wretched Victor, and thrust your sword into his heart.
    Chapter 24 (35% in)
  • wretched = miserable
  • Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die.
    Chapter 24 (72% in)
wretched = miserable
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