I took for earnest what you insist was jest, and now this that I pray to be jest you say is awful, wretched earnest.
Wretched woman—deluded woman—you are, Bathsheba!
"Yes, if it hadn’t been for that wretched rain I should have cleared two hundred as easy as looking, my love," he was saying.
Here’s—wretched—the merest trifle.
Three booths were blown over, and the wretched folk inside crawled out upon their hands and knees; and in the next field were as many as a dozen hats at one time.
Here, under the table, and leaning against forms and chairs in every conceivable attitude except the perpendicular, were the wretched persons of all the work-folk, the hair of their heads at such low levels being suggestive of mops and brooms.
This was the entrance to the gaol, and over it a lamp was fixed, the light enabling the wretched traveller to find a bell-pull.
"I don’t know what’s the matter, I feel wretched at one time, and buoyant at another.
Liddy kept watch in Bathsheba’s chamber, where she heard her mistress, moaning in whispers through the dull slow hours of that wretched night: "Oh it is my fault—how can I live!
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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.