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  • If we feel for the wretched, enough to do all we can for them, the rest is empty sympathy, only distressing to ourselves.
  • —It was a wretched business indeed!
  • Still, however, affection was glad to catch at any reasonable excuse for not hurrying on the wretched moment.
  • "I have made a most wretched discovery," said he, after a short pause.
  • , set out in the little room; but that was scouted as a wretched suggestion.
  • This wretched note was the finale of Emma’s breakfast.
  • No, if he had believed me at all to share his feelings, he would not have been so wretched.
  • —It was too wretched!
  • On this point we have been wretched.
  • —He was very uneasy; and but for the sense of his son-in-law’s protection, would have been under wretched alarm every night of his life.
  • The idea of wanting gratitude and consideration for Miss Woodhouse, whom she really loved extremely, made her wretched for a while, and when the violence of grief was comforted away, still remained powerful enough to prompt to what was right and support her in it very tolerably.
  • —she sat still, she walked about, she tried her own room, she tried the shrubbery—in every place, every posture, she perceived that she had acted most weakly; that she had been imposed on by others in a most mortifying degree; that she had been imposing on herself in a degree yet more mortifying; that she was wretched, and should probably find this day but the beginning of wretchedness.

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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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