Dorothea was not only his wife: she was a personification of that shallow world which surrounds the appreciated or desponding author.
There was clearly something better than anger and despondency.
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
"Oh, that would not do—that would be worse than anything," she said with a more childlike despondency, while the tears rolled down.
She was humiliated to find herself a mere victim of feeling, as if she could know nothing except through that medium: all her strength was scattered in fits of agitation, of struggle, of despondency, and then again in visions of more complete renunciation, transforming all hard conditions into duty.
The name of the slough was Despond.
It was not the change of emaciation, but that effect which even young faces will very soon show from the persistent presence of resentment and despondency.
But for her visitors Dorothea too might have been shut up in the library, and would not have witnessed this scene of old Featherstone’s funeral, which, aloof as it seemed to be from the tenor of her life, always afterwards came back to her at the touch of certain sensitive points in memory, just as the vision of St. Peter’s at Rome was inwoven with moods of despondency.
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When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.