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.