The culprit was moved to a few abject tears by these words and their pathetic tone.
’I am so unhappy, and all that should have made me otherwise is so laid waste, that if I had been bereft of sense to this hour, and instead of being as learned as you think me, had to begin to acquire the simplest truths, I could not want a guide to peace, contentment, honour, all the good of which I am quite devoid, more abjectly than I do.
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She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.