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  • 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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  • The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
  • The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.

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