People who seem to enjoy their ill temper have a way of keeping it in fine condition by inflicting privations on themselves.
Philip felt that they were no longer in a state of repulsion, but were being drawn into a common current of suffering and sad privation.
Maggie’s sense of loneliness, and utter privation of joy, had deepened with the brightness of advancing spring.
Could he not hinder that, by persuading her out of her system of privation?
Memory and imagination urged upon her a sense of privation too keen to let her taste what was offered in the transient present.
I was nurtured in the sense of privation; I never expected happiness; and in knowing you, in loving you, I have had, and still have, what reconciles me to life.
Her mind glanced back once or twice to the time when she had courted privation, when she had thought all longing, all impatience was subdued; but that condition seemed irrecoverably gone, and she recoiled from the remembrance of it.
…the little sordid tasks that filled the hours, or the more oppressive emptiness of weary, joyless leisure; the need of some tender, demonstrative love; the cruel sense that Tom didn’t mind what she thought or felt, and that they were no longer playfellows together; the privation of all pleasant things that had come to her more than to others,—she wanted some key that would enable her to understand, and in understanding, to endure, the heavy weight that had fallen on her young heart.
This new sense of leisure and unchecked enjoyment amidst the soft-breathing airs and garden-scents of advancing spring—amidst the new abundance of music, and lingering strolls in the sunshine, and the delicious dreaminess of gliding on the river—could hardly be without some intoxicating effect on her, after her years of privation; and even in the first week Maggie began to be less haunted by her sad memories and anticipations.
"Maggie," he said, in a tone of remonstrance, "don’t persist in this wilful, senseless privation.
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The blockade is causing widespread privation.
She grew up in a world of stillbirths and privation.