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  • If Catherine was quiet, she was quietly quiet, as I may say, and her pathetic effects, which there was no one to notice, were entirely unstudied and unintended.
  • The girl was sharply touched by the pathetic ring of the words; it was the most calculated, the most dramatic little speech the Doctor had ever uttered.

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  • But I can’t do the pathetic; I can’t pump up tears, to look graceful, over the most fortunate thing that ever happened to her."

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as in: Her pathetic look saddened us. Define
pitiful (arousing pity)
as in: a pathetic attempt to insult me Define
so bad it is laughable or contemptible -- possibly mixed with pity
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