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  • Before, I had only imagined the wretchedness of my desolated home; the reality came on me as a new, and a not less terrible, disaster.
  • I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.
  • One sudden and desolating change had taken place; but a thousand little circumstances might have by degrees worked other alterations, which, although they were done more tranquilly, might not be the less decisive.
  • It is a scene terrifically desolate.
  • And my father’s woe, and the desolation of that late so smiling home all was the work of my thrice-accursed hands!
  • It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate.
  • If, therefore, I could seize him and educate him as my companion and friend, I should not be so desolate in this peopled earth.
  • Shall I create another like yourself, whose joint wickedness might desolate the world.
  • Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth.
  • The labours I endured were no longer to be alleviated by the bright sun or gentle breezes of spring; all joy was but a mockery which insulted my desolate state and made me feel more painfully that I was not made for the enjoyment of pleasure.
  • The cold is excessive, and many of my unfortunate comrades have already found a grave amidst this scene of desolation.
  • Three years before, I was engaged in the same manner and had created a fiend whose unparalleled barbarity had desolated my heart and filled it forever with the bitterest remorse.
  • It is well that you come here to whine over the desolation that you have made.
  • Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.
  • I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape.
  • Know that, one by one, my friends were snatched away; I was left desolate.
  • "I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph; clapping my hands, I exclaimed, ’I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him.’

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  • The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
  • It is in her book of desolate desert photographs.

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