Find me the cell which shall be colder than the fire of mortals grows, when dimmed by calamity and trial, and there weep for the dreams of youth.
’It is only his manner, I believe,’ observed Kate, timidly; ’he was disappointed in early life, I think I have heard, or has had his temper soured by some calamity.
’What an afflicting calamity!’ said Mr Pyke.
’The presents that have been made to him,’ said Mr Kenwigs, reverting to his calamity, ’the pipes, the snuff-boxes—a pair of india-rubber goloshes, that cost six-and-six—’
They crowded upon him more thickly, however, now there were no passing objects to attract his attention; and the one idea was always uppermost, that some stroke of ill-fortune must have occurred so calamitous in its nature that all were fearful of disclosing it to him.
’Depend upon it,’ said Miss La Creevy, earnestly, ’if you are not very careful in breaking out the truth to him, he will do some violence upon his uncle or one of these men that will bring some terrible calamity upon his own head, and grief and sorrow to us all.’
’If trial and calamity had fallen as lightly on his head, as in the deepest truth of my own heart I ever hoped (for her sake) it would, his life would have been one of peace and happiness,’ said the old gentleman calmly.
…of those thousand little offices of kindness and relief which we feel so deeply when we are ill, and forget so lightly when we are well—on whom could they make so deep an impression as on a young heart stored with every pure and true affection that women cherish; almost a stranger to the endearments and devotion of its own sex, save as it learnt them from itself; and rendered, by calamity and suffering, keenly susceptible of the sympathy so long unknown and so long sought in vain?
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The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.