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Crime and Punishment
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  • And she wrung her hands in despair.
  • Fearful, despairing cries rose shrilly from the street, sounds which he heard every night, indeed, under his window after two o’clock.
  • And as though in despair he laid his head down on the table.
  • I was in despair myself, but what could I do?
  • I was in despair; I dared not write to you the truth because you would have been very unhappy, mortified and indignant, and yet what could you do?
  • Filled with despair he went straight to meet them, feeling "come what must!"
  • But his laughter was quickly followed by despair.
  • But he was possessed by such despair, such cynicism of misery, if one may so call it, that with a wave of his hand he went on.
  • Katerina Ivanovna cried despairingly and she rushed to her husband.
  • Katerina Ivanovna walked to the window, laid her head against the window frame and exclaimed in despair: "Oh, cursed life!"
  • "Nothing would induce me to go," she whispered in despair to Razumihin.
  • "You, too, want to torture me!" he screamed, with such bitter irritation, such despair in his eyes that Razumihin’s hands dropped.
  • Sonia said this as though in despair, wringing her hands in excitement and distress.
  • Then she is wringing her hands, spitting blood, weeping, and all at once she will begin knocking her head against the wall, in despair.
  • "Oh, I don’t know," cried Sonia, almost in despair, and she put her hands to her head.
  • This conjecture had begun to grow strong the day before, in the midst of all his alarm and despair.
  • We dined and he talked and talked away, and I could only throw up my hands in despair!
  • Timidly and noiselessly a young girl made her way through the crowd, and strange was her appearance in that room, in the midst of want, rags, death and despair.
  • Raskolnikov went to the door, but she clutched him and gazed despairingly into his eyes.
  • You may laugh at me, but my mother is here," he turned suddenly to Porfiry, "and if she knew," he turned again hurriedly to Razumihin, carefully making his voice tremble, "that the watch was lost, she would be in despair!
  • He read it all in her face; so she must have had that thought already, perhaps many times, and earnestly she had thought out in her despair how to end it and so earnestly, that now she scarcely wondered at his suggestion.
  • "It will be too much for you to bear, too much!" she repeated, holding out her hands in despairing supplication.
  • What would it matter to you," he cried a moment later with a sort of despair, "what would it matter to you if I were to confess that I did wrong?
  • "Well, what am I to do now?" he asked, suddenly raising his head and looking at her with a face hideously distorted by despair.
  • She too joined in the singing, but broke down at the second note with a fearful cough, which made her curse in despair and even shed tears.
  • Your article is absurd and fantastic, but there’s a transparent sincerity, a youthful incorruptible pride and the daring of despair in it.
  • He got up again as though he meant to go away, but sat down again in evident despair.
  • "Let me be," she cried in despair.
  • A strange smile contorted his face, a pitiful, sad, weak smile, a smile of despair.
  • "Is it possible that he has nothing but cowardice and fear of death to make him live?" she thought at last in despair.
  • There was a look of poignant agony, of despair, in her face.
  • Perhaps it was only fatigue, despair; perhaps it was not Svidrigailov but some other whom he needed, and Svidrigailov had simply presented himself by chance.
  • "What have you done—what have you done to yourself?" she said in despair, and, jumping up, she flung herself on his neck, threw her arms round him, and held him tightly.
  • Raskolnikov was so exhausted by what he had passed through that month that he could only decide such questions in one way; "then I shall kill him," he thought in cold despair.
  • The agonised, wasted, consumptive face, the parched blood-stained lips, the hoarse voice, the tears unrestrained as a child’s, the trustful, childish and yet despairing prayer for help were so piteous that everyone seemed to feel for her.
  • And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled….
  • "He’s drunk it! he’s drunk it all," the poor woman screamed in despair—"and his clothes are gone!
  • Suddenly he shuddered all over with horror; "My God!" he whispered in despair: "what’s the matter with me?
  • How he is bleeding," she said in despair.
  • Ah, but I did know!" he whispered in despair.
  • Why did I let her know?" he cried a minute later in despair, looking with infinite anguish at her.
  • I am broken!" she cried with vindictive despair, and her head fell heavily back on the pillow.
  • Never?" he whispered in despair.
  • Why, you have shed blood?" cried Dounia in despair.

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  • Don’t despair—help is on the way!
  • Don’t give in to despair.

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