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wistful
used in David Copperfield

7 uses
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Definition showing longing or unfulfilled desire
  • 'And what do you mean to do, Peggotty,' says I, wistfully.
    Chapters 10-12 (4% in)
  • I think, as Mrs. Micawber sat at the back of the coach, with the children, and I stood in the road looking wistfully at them, a mist cleared from her eyes, and she saw what a little creature I really was.
    Chapters 10-12 (92% in)
  • 'Come!' said she, accepting the offer of my hand to help her over the fender, and looking wistfully up into my face, 'you know you wouldn't mistrust me, if I was a full-sized woman!'
    Chapters 31-33 (42% in)
  • 'You see,' said Mr. Dick, wistfully, 'if I could exert myself, Mr. Traddles — if I could beat a drum— or blow anything!'
    Chapters 34-36 (81% in)
  • I dare say he rarely spoke a dozen words in an hour: but his quiet interest, and his wistful face, found immediate response in both their breasts; each knew that the other liked him, and that he loved both; and he became what no one else could be — a link between them.
    Chapters 40-42 (95% in)
  • Dora glanced wistfully at the clock, and hinted that she thought it was too fast.
    Chapters 43-45 (25% in)
  • He looked so wistfully into my face, and was so anxious to understand, that I took great pains to answer him slowly and distinctly, as I might have entered on an explanation to a child.
    Chapters 43-45 (71% in)

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