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  • The despairing way in which my mother and I look at each other, as I blunder on, is truly melancholy.
  • His recent despondency, not to say despair, was gone in a moment.
  • I submitted; and, with a countenance as expressive as I was able to make it of dejected and despairing constancy, came out of the room.
  • I confided all to my aunt when I got home; and in spite of all she could say to me, went to bed despairing.
  • I got up despairing, and went out despairing.
  • I got up despairing, and went out despairing.
  • ’I BEG,’ said Mr. Spenlow, more like Punch than I had ever seen him, as he energetically struck one hand upon the other — I could not help noticing that even in my despair; ’that YOU Will NOT talk to me of engagements, Mr. Copperfield!’
  • ’Oh, but reasoning is worse than scolding!’ exclaimed Dora, in despair.
  • I have never known what despair was, except in the tone of those words.
  • I remember pausing once, with a kind of sorrow that was not all oppressive, not quite despairing.
  • ’What shall I ever do!’ she said, fighting thus with her despair.
  • I confess that I began to despair of her recovery, and gradually to sink deeper and deeper into the belief that she was dead.
  • There are doorways and dust-heaps for such deaths, and such despair — find one, and take your flight to Heaven!’
  • Ignominy, Want, Despair, and Madness, have, collectively or separately, been the attendants of my career.
  • She darted a hopeful glance at me, when I said ’Agnes’; but seeing that I looked as usual, she took off her spectacles in despair, and rubbed her nose with them.
  • When we had our first great quarrel (within a week of our betrothal), and when Dora sent me back the ring, enclosed in a despairing cocked-hat note, wherein she used the terrible expression that ’our love had begun in folly, and ended in madness!’ which dreadful words occasioned me to tear my hair, and cry that all was over!
  • Deeply affected, and changed in a moment to the image of despair, Mr. Micawber regarded the serpents with a look of gloomy abhorrence (in which his late admiration of them was not quite subdued), folded them up and put them in his pocket.
  • From this document, I learned that Mr. Micawber being again arrested, ’Was in a final paroxysm of despair; and that he begged me to send him his knife and pint pot, by bearer, as they might prove serviceable during the brief remainder of his existence, in jail.
  • That Mrs. Steerforth might not be induced to look behind her, and read, plainly written, what she was not yet prepared to know, I met her look quickly; but I had seen Rosa Dartle throw her hands up in the air with vehemence of despair and horror, and then clasp them on her face.
  • If she were not true to it, might the object she now had in life, which bound her to something devoid of evil, in its passing away from her, leave her more forlorn and more despairing, if that were possible, than she had been upon the river’s brink that night; and then might all help, human and Divine, renounce her evermore!
  • …there, by dangling lanterns; and elsewhere by the yellow daylight straying down a windsail or a hatchway — were crowded groups of people, making new friendships, taking leave of one another, talking, laughing, crying, eating and drinking; some, already settled down into the possession of their few feet of space, with their little households arranged, and tiny children established on stools, or in dwarf elbow-chairs; others, despairing of a resting-place, and wandering disconsolately.
  • ’ "In an accumulation of Ignominy, Want, Despair, and Madness, I entered the office — or, as our lively neighbour the Gaul would term it, the Bureau — of the Firm, nominally conducted under the appellation of Wickfield and — HEEP, but in reality, wielded by — HEEP alone.

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

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