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.’