Mrs. Sparsit was resolved to have compassion on him, as a Victim.
’Thou hast been a cruel sufferer, Heaven reward thee!’ she said, in compassionate accents.
He cried out that the very dog knew he was failing, and had no compassion on him.
And when Mr. Gradgrind regularly answered, ’No, Jupe, nothing of the sort,’ the trembling of Sissy’s lip would be repeated in Louisa’s face, and her eyes would follow Sissy with compassion to the door.
And I hope, sir,’ said Mrs. Sparsit, concluding in an impressively compassionate manner, ’I fondly hope that Miss Gradgrind may be all you desire, and deserve!’
You may be certain that I will be compassionate and true to you.
’Is it accessible,’ cried Mr. Gradgrind, ’to any compassionate influence?’
Have compassion on my great need, and let me lay this head of mine upon a loving heart!’
’I felt compassion for him,’ said Louisa, her colour deepening, ’and I wished to know what he was going to do, and wished to offer him assistance.’
And she said it with such great condescension as well as with such great compassion for him, that Bounderby, — far more disconcerted than if she had thrown her workbox at the mirror, or swooned on the hearthrug, — corked up the smelling-salts tight in his pocket, and thought, ’Now confound this woman, who could have even guessed that she would take it in this way!’
Mr. Bounderby, under the influence of this difficult adjuration, backed up by her compassionate eye, could only scratch his head in a feeble and ridiculous manner, and afterwards assert himself at a distance, by being heard to bully the small fry of business all the morning.
…Factory bell, and passing to and fro at the set hours, among the Coketown Hands; a woman of pensive beauty, always dressed in black, but sweet-tempered and serene, and even cheerful; who, of all the people in the place, alone appeared to have compassion on a degraded, drunken wretch of her own sex, who was sometimes seen in the town secretly begging of her, and crying to her; a woman working, ever working, but content to do it, and preferring to do it as her natural lot, until she…
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If I see one hungry child, I feel compassion, but when I hear of a million hungry children, I’m overwhelmed and turn my mind to other things.
It is not enough to be compassionate. We must act. It is not enough to act. We must act with intelligence.