He stood on the steps of the Karenins’ house like one distraught, and did not know what to do.
…Alexandrovitch understood from his interviews with Betsy and with Stepan Arkadyevitch that all that was expected of him was to leave his wife in peace, without burdening her with his presence, and that his wife herself desired this, he felt so distraught that he could come to no decision of himself; he did not know himself what he wanted now, and putting himself in the hands of those who were so pleased to interest themselves in his affairs, he met everything with unqualified assent.
As he glanced at the tender and the rails, under the influence of the conversation with a friend he had not met since his misfortune, he suddenly recalled _her_—that is, what was left of her when he had run like one distraught into the cloak room of the railway station—on the table, shamelessly sprawling out among strangers, the bloodstained body so lately full of life; the head unhurt dropping back with its weight of hair, and the curling tresses about the temples, and the exquisite…
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"If we go up there and start hugging people and crying and attempting things that make no sense with people who have no chance—all because we’re distraught …. it’ll just hurt more folks in the long run.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
My father gave money instead and she was distraught, saying that wasn’t the same.