Accordingly, when Mr. Peggotty came home about nine o’clock, this unfortunate Mrs. Gummidge was knitting in her corner, in a very wretched and miserable condition.
I could have done very well if I had been without the Murdstones; but the influence of the Murdstones upon me was like the fascination of two snakes on a wretched young bird.
And HE did what they all do — made her wretched.
’Let the wretched man who now addresses you, my dear Copperfield, be a beacon to you through life.
He is wretched, I have no doubt; but he is nothing to me.
I have been wretched, too.
Making the same low, dreary, wretched moaning in her shawl, she went away.
And yet, wretched cripple as I made myself by this act of homage to Dora, I walked miles upon miles daily in the hope of seeing her.
I don’t know where these wretched girls expect to go to, for my part.
And then it made me twenty times more wretched, to know how unselfishly mindful she was of me, and how selfishly mindful I was of myself.
She made me much more wretched than I was before, and I felt (and told her with the deepest gratitude) that she was indeed a friend.
But I must say that when I was going on with a story in the dark that night, Mr. Mell’s old flute seemed more than once to sound mournfully in my ears; and that when at last Steerforth was tired, and I lay down in my bed, I fancied it playing so sorrowfully somewhere, that I was quite wretched.
All their elasticity was departed, and I never saw them half so wretched as on this night; insomuch that when the bell rang, and Mr. Micawber walked with me to the lodge, and parted from me there with a blessing, I felt quite afraid to leave him by himself, he was so profoundly miserable.
To set this wretched fancy, against his mother’s claims upon his duty, love, respect, gratitude — claims that every day and hour of his life should have strengthened into ties that nothing could be proof against!
In a little while she sat among the stones, holding her wretched head with both her hands.
I am a wretched being, cut off from everything that makes life tolerable.
— and from its long, sad, wretched dream, to dawn.
If circumstances had not happened otherwise, I might have come to persuade myself that I really loved him, and might have married him, and been most wretched.
She trembled, and her lip shook, and her face was paler, as she answered: ’It has been put into your hearts, perhaps, to save a wretched creature for repentance.
’Oh me, oh me!’ exclaimed the wretched Emily, in a tone that might have touched the hardest heart, I should have thought; but there was no relenting in Rosa Dartle’s smile.
’I would have lived to be old, in the wretched streets — and to wander about, avoided, in the dark — and to see the day break on the ghastly line of houses, and remember how the same sun used to shine into my room, and wake me once — I would have done even that, to save her!’
In those that remained, there was scarcely any glass; and, through the crumbling frames by which the bad air seemed always to come in, and never to go out, I saw, through other glassless windows, into other houses in a similar condition, and looked giddily down into a wretched yard, which was the common dust-heap of the mansion.
The picture I had before me, of the beautiful little treasure of my heart, sobbing and crying all night — of her being alone, frightened, and wretched, then — of her having so piteously begged and prayed that stony-hearted woman to forgive her — of her having vainly offered her those kisses, work-boxes, and trinkets — of her being in such grievous distress, and all for me — very much impaired the little dignity I had been able to muster.
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