To better see all uses of the word
desolate
in
Jane Eyre
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
desolate
Used In
Jane Eyre
Go to Book Vocabulary
Go to Word Detail
  • Mr. Rochester then turned to the spectators: he looked at them with a smile both acrid and desolate.
  • Jane Eyre, who had been an ardent, expectant woman — almost a bride, was a cold, solitary girl again: her life was pale; her prospects were desolate.
  • The words in these introductory pages connected themselves with the succeeding vignettes, and gave significance to the rock standing up alone in a sea of billow and spray; to the broken boat stranded on a desolate coast; to the cold and ghastly moon glancing through bars of cloud at a wreck just sinking.
  • But it will be very dreadful, with this feeling of hunger, faintness, chill, and this sense of desolation — this total prostration of hope.
  • Yet, when this cherished volume was now placed in my hand — when I turned over its leaves, and sought in its marvellous pictures the charm I had, till now, never failed to find — all was eerie and dreary; the giants were gaunt goblins, the pigmies malevolent and fearful imps, Gulliver a most desolate wanderer in most dread and dangerous regions.
  • And yet the spectacle of desolation I had just left prepared me in a measure for a tale of misery.
  • More desolate, more desperate than ever, it seemed from contrast.
  • Not to deceive myself, I must reply — No: I felt desolate to a degree.
  • It was the same vehicle whence, a year ago, I had alighted one summer evening on this very spot — how desolate, and hopeless, and objectless!
  • At Ferndean, a manor-house on a farm he has, about thirty miles off: quite a desolate spot.
  • The whole looked, as the host of the Rochester Arms had said, "quite a desolate spot."
  • Cease to look so melancholy, my dear master; you shall not be left desolate, so long as I live.
  • I asked of God, at once in anguish and humility, if I had not been long enough desolate, afflicted, tormented; and might not soon taste bliss and peace once more.
  • But I always woke and found it an empty mockery; and I was desolate and abandoned — my life dark, lonely, hopeless — my soul athirst and forbidden to drink — my heart famished and never to be fed.
  • I think, scathed as you look, and charred and scorched, there must be a little sense of life in you yet, rising out of that adhesion at the faithful, honest roots: you will never have green leaves more — never more see birds making nests and singing idyls in your boughs; the time of pleasure and love is over with you: but you are not desolate: each of you has a comrade to sympathise with him in his decay.

  • There are no more uses of "desolate" in the book.


    Show samples from other sources
  • The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
  • It is in her book of desolate desert photographs.

  • Go to more samples
Go to Book Vocabulary
verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading