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.
During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice I suffered living torture.
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.
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.
I relied on your innocence, and although I was then very wretched, I was not so miserable as I am now.
Thus I might proclaim myself a madman, but not revoke the sentence passed upon my wretched victim.
These events have affected me, God knows how deeply; but I am not so wretched as you are.
All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!
You have made me wretched beyond expression.
If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched.
Increase of knowledge only discovered to me more clearly what a wretched outcast I was.
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.
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.
"What a place is this that you inhabit, my son!" said he, looking mournfully at the barred windows and wretched appearance of the room.
With new courage, therefore, I pressed on, and in two days arrived at a wretched hamlet on the seashore.
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.
Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.