Maggie sobbed aloud, finding a wretched pleasure in the hollow resonance that came through the long empty space of the attic.
Mrs. Tulliver was mute, feeling herself a truly wretched mother.
It makes me wretched to see you benumbing and cramping your nature in this way.
Then her brain would be busy with wild romances of a flight from home in search of something less sordid and dreary; she would go to some great man—Walter Scott, perhaps—and tell him how wretched and how clever she was, and he would surely do something for her.
Philip went home soon after in a state of hideous doubt mingled with wretched certainty.
It is the only right thing, dearest; it is the only way of escaping from this wretched entanglement.
You are fatigued, and it may soon rain; it may be a wretched business, getting to Torby in this boat.
The unusual tone, the startling words, arrested Maggie’s sob, and she sat quite still, wondering; as if Stephen might have seen some possibilities that would alter everything, and annul the wretched facts.
Maggie had no sooner uttered this entreaty than she was wretched at the admission it implied; but Stephen turned away at once, and following her upward glance, he saw Philip Wakem sealed in the half-hidden corner, so that he could command little more than that angle of the hall in which Maggie sat.
Tom was dejected by the thought that his exemplary effort must always be baffled by the wrong-doing of others; Maggie was living through, over and over again, the agony of the moment in which she had rushed to throw herself on her father’s arm, with a vague, shuddering foreboding of wretched scenes to come.
It was impossible for him now to resist the conviction that there was some mutual consciousness between Stephen and Maggie; and for half the night his irritable, susceptible nerves were pressed upon almost to frenzy by that one wretched fact; he could attempt no explanation that would reconcile it with her words and actions.
"Oh, aunt Gritty, I’m very wretched!
"It always made me wretched that I felt what I didn’t like you to know.
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