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  • She energized the previously forlorn team.
  • She stood behind the counter with a forlorn look in her eyes.
  • The girls followed him as gallant soldiers might follow the leader of a forlorn hope.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • "What could you possibly say to him?" Major Major wondered forlornly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • This was a forlorn hope — he was almost sure that Wilson had no friend: there was not enough of him for his wife.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • We’ve been told of children searching forlornly in the smoldering ruins for their dead parents.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • ’No,’ said Peter, rather touched by this devotion; ’it’s a forlorn hope, and I’m going to lead it.’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • She sounds so forlorn and sorrowful that Mrs. Livingston cannot hold on to her fury.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • The college, shuttered and forlorn, stood in the background as Ruth read the letter, her downcast eyes flickering across the page.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "Nice talking to you," I said to Whites Boy, who looked a bit forlorn.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • Colin followed, forlorn.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I’m too weak, too confused, too empty and forlorn to do anything else but let him hold me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Why did I let him kiss and cuddle and generally mope around after me like a forlorn little lost alien puppy?
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • But today the platform teemed with hundreds of children, all of whom looked lost and forlorn.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I looked around for Miss Peregrine and saw her perched forlornly on the edge of Adam’s crater.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • A vast linoleum room filled with tables with four attached swivel chairs, it was lined on two sides by windows that looked out toward the main back entrance to the Camp, where there were parking spaces, a handicapped ramp, and a forlorn and unused basketball hoop.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But I’m forlorn because Veronica seems forlorn, and all because of my stupid cowardice.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Instead of looking at him, I look forlornly at the strappy slippers.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He is looking forlorn, wearing a white NASA T-shirt only slightly different from the one he wore yesterday.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I stood forlornly in a corner of the pavilion and ate a sandwich.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Wandering lost and forlorn through the Prince’s garden was Fezzik, leading the four giant whites.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He had the same dark skin and small stature as Hortensia, and Esperanza thought his round eyes, long eyelids, and droopy mustache made him look like a forlorn puppy.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • I kept thinking over and over as I swam how I would punish Ramo when I reached the shore, yet when I felt the sand under my feet and saw him standing at the edge of the waves, holding his fishing spear and looking so forlorn, I forgot all those things I planned to do.
    Scott O’Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Forlorn, marooned on concrete and asphalt, no place to burrow, April’s orphans.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Forlorn, feeling totally abandoned, I returned to my barracks.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Junior got his house, but it didn’t seem to make him as happy as you might expect, and he had often been seen contemplating it with a puzzled, forlorn sort of look on his face.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • They looked so forlorn that I picked them up and carried them in my cap rather than leaving them for sonic passing skunk.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • The whole area has the forlorn look of an abandoned animal: houses drooping slowly into the overgrown lawns.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • A little further down the road was a magnificent old house with wagon wheels in the yard and the forlorn appearance assumed by all houses that have lost their people.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Hesitantly, the outcast waddled forward with blowzy feathers and a forlorn lopsided glance, pecking at the crumbs as she spoke.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After this it becomes hard for me to think of him without thinking also of the snakes and the turtles and the pickled eyes, and the lizards floating in their yellow jars, and of the vast, echoing, spicy, ancient and forlorn but also comforting smell of old wood, furniture polish, formaldehyde and distant mice.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The only sound was the fountain gurgling forlornly and the occasional squawk of a disgruntled parrot.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • When they saw Violet and Klaus, looking forlornly at pieces of pitch-black toast, they laughed and laughed, and then made pancakes for the whole family.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • I looked down in bafflement at the wooden platter before me, empty but for a smear of grease and a forlorn boiled onion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Then, feeling light-headed and forlorn, I trudged to her bedroom and—unable to resist—cracked the door a sliver.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He shakes his head, his eyes forlorn as they run over me.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • At about three in the morning, Louie woke to a forlorn droning, rising and falling.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Al gives me a forlorn look, and I smile back in what I hope is a reassuring way.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • They saw Muley standing forlornly in the dooryard looking after them.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • It reminded her of an unpopular child, forlorn and bewildered, powerless to alter its fate.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A forlornness would descend on her like a shroud then and would lift only when Eid had passed.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • All day the dog shadowed Pari, sniffing at her heels, and at night, when they parted ways, he lay outside the door, forlorn, waiting for morning.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • One seems so forlorn without them.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Orange Juice could have been one of these forlorn pets.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He was alone and felt rather forlorn’ although all about him the folk of Rivendell were gathered.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Where is everyone?he wondered forlornly.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • A substantial crowd was lost in the marble ballroom of the Holcombes, scattered in forlorn islets through an expanse intended for court receptions.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Good Friday was forlorn, heavy and dreary with the death of God’s son and the accompanying sense of utter hopelessness.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • A forlorn, jailbird’s face with a nobby forehead running back into a bald scalp, a crooked nose, and battered-looking cheekbones above which his eyes were fierce and watchful.
    George Orwell  --  1984
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