One hoped, and the other despaired: they chose their own lots, and were righteously doomed to endure them.
I swept it along the carpet, and then memory burst in: my late anguish was swallowed in a paroxysm of despair.
Oh, my life! how can I bear it?’ was the first sentence he uttered, in a tone that did not seek to disguise his despair.
I don’t know if it be a peculiarity in me, but I am seldom otherwise than happy while watching in the chamber of death, should no frenzied or despairing mourner share the duty with me.
I questioned with myself — where must I turn for comfort? and — mind you don’t tell Edgar, or Catherine — above every sorrow beside, this rose pre-eminent: despair at finding nobody who could or would be my ally against Heathcliff!
’How must I arrange it, then?’ she asked despairingly.
All was composed, however: Catherine’s despair was as silent as her father’s joy.
CHAPTER XXIX THE evening after the funeral, my young lady and I were seated in the library; now musing mournfully — one of us despairingly — on our loss, now venturing conjectures as to the gloomy future.
Never did any bird flying back to a plundered nest, which it had left brimful of chirping young ones, express more complete despair, in its anguished cries and flutterings, than she by her single ’Oh!’ and the change that transfigured her late happy countenance.
’ "Oh, if God would but give me strength to strangle him in my last agony, I’d go to hell with joy," groaned the impatient man, writhing to rise, and sinking back in despair, convinced of his inadequacy for the struggle.