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  • The film captured all the pathos of their situation and brought tears to my eyes.
  • Without the pathos of the doomed boy, we have a picture of farming and merchant shipping with no narrative or thematic power.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "The Psalms of David, in sublimity, beauty, pathos, and originality, or in one word poetry, are superior to all the odes, hymns, and songs in any language," he told Jefferson.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • They put up bail money, installed him in an alcoholics’ sanitarium, and proceeded to wring all the pathos from the story they could: This newspaper does not believe that Ira Hayes should spend a night in jail.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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  • An unsought pathos came hand in hand with awe.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • ...and the inexpressible pathos of his life found expression in these songs as I had never before felt it.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • What seems like bathos or platitudes to us were real pathos and convictions for them.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Among ourselves we scoffed at the vulgarity and pathos of that African lust for gold.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Anything but perfection is pathos.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • As a public speaker, he excels in pathos, wit, comparison, imitation, strength of reasoning, and fluency of language.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • The whole scene was a unutterable mixture of comedy and pathos.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Like all other music, it breathed passion and pathos, and emotions high or tender, in a tongue native to the human heart, wherever educated.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He thought of the magnificent pathos of his dead body.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • But it was not likely that he had reference to the kind of anguish that comes with destitution, that is so endlessly bitter and cruel, and yet so sordid and petty, so ugly, so humiliating—unredeemed by the slightest touch of dignity or even of pathos.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Humor and pathos make it alive, and you have found your style at last.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • At last, George, sitting down beside the mourner, took her hand, and, with simple pathos, repeated the triumphant scene of her husband’s death, and his last messages of love.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Rhett knew very well the pathos of the spectacle, and if it blackened Scarlett’s reputation he did not care.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The pathos of this deplorable figure, with its innocent vanity and consequential air, touches Pickering, who has already straightened himself in the presence of Mrs. Pearce.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He would ask his mother naggingly, over and over again, why there was not more food, he would shout and storm at her (he even remembered the tones of his voice, which was beginning to break prematurely and sometimes boomed in a peculiar way), or he would attempt a snivelling note of pathos in his efforts to get more than his share.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He sighed and moaned like one under great suffering, and kept it up for a quarter of an hour; on purpose to distress his cousin apparently, for whenever he caught a stifled sob from her he put renewed pain and pathos into the inflexions of his voice.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • This carving, done with a pencil dug many times into the worn varnish of the desk, has the pathos of all vanished civilizations.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The restrained pathos of the final book of The Iliad is characteristic of the poem as a whole.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He so worked upon his feelings with the pathos of these dreams, that he had to keep swallowing, he was so like to choke; and his eyes swam in a blur of water, which overflowed when he winked, and ran down and trickled from the end of his nose.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Jessica closed her eyes, found herself moved close to tears by the pathos in her son’s voice.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • (With pathos) No girl would when I went girling.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She might have added with touching pathos, "I was so long used to sleep with her lying near me, on the entry floor."
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • She was coming to capture Lancelot from Guenever, an expedition of which everybody except herself could feel the pathos.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And Mrs. Gummidge took his hand, and kissed it with a homely pathos and affection, in a homely rapture of devotion and gratitude, that he well deserved.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It swelled out on the night with awful pathos.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • A heroine in a hack post-chaise is such a blow upon sentiment, as no attempt at grandeur or pathos can withstand.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The range is very great, from the homely pathos of Penelope’s "Oh, Nan, they are a bad lot" to the Olympian maestoso of Zeus’ "Hermes, you have much practice on our missions, go make it known to the softly-braided nymph that we, whose will is not subject to error, order Odysseus home."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • What arrested him now as of value in life was less its beauty than its pathos.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • That is, his feelings and his voice were colored with that seeming repression and pathos which is the essence of eloquence.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • They keep a wake from lapsing into comic pathos.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Your reverence," he cried, with sudden pathos, "you behold before you a buffoon in earnest!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The lives of those rural forefathers, whom we are apt to think very prosaic figures—men whose only work was to ride round their land, getting heavier and heavier in their saddles, and who passed the rest of their days in the half-listless gratification of senses dulled by monotony—had a certain pathos in them nevertheless.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • You said to me once that pathos left you unmoved, but that beauty, mere beauty, could fill your eyes with tears.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Then the ventilator in the window-pane spasmodically started off for a new spin, and the pathos of Donald’s song was temporarily effaced.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She was really too modest for consistent pathos.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • She could see them walking to his room of their own accord, expressive in his absence of pathos, surliness, ill-temper, charm.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • His voice had a genuine pathos now, and his large brown hands perceptibly trembled.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • A delicate pathos perfumed her disconnected remarks, giving them unexpected beauty, just as in the decaying autumn woods there sometimes rise odours reminiscent of spring.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • All this at the culminating moment of Not a Sparrow, that all-star, thrilling drama of pathos and beauty that Mr. Leadbetter had been looking forward to seeing for a whole week.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Finally, she wished him good night, with great pathos; and Mr. Bounderby went to bed, with a maudlin persuasion that he had been crossed in something tender, though he could not, for his life, have mentioned what it was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I can’t name the exquisite pathos of the contradiction given to such a speech by such a speaker; I only know that the next instant I heard myself throw off with homely force: "Stuff and nonsense!"
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • And as he passed through room after room, a certain pathos touched him remotely at the thought of Karakal’s piled immensity over against such fragile charms.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • There was a urologist for his urine, a lymphologist for his lymph, an endocrinologist for his endocrines, a psychologist for his psyche, a dermatologist for his derma; there was a pathologist for his pathos, a cystologist for his cysts, and a bald and pedantic cetologist from the zoology department at Harvard who had been shanghaied ruthlessly into the Medical Corps by a faulty anode in an I.B.M. machine and spent his sessions with the dying colonel trying to discuss Moby Dick with…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had seen the quatrain on the tomb of a Deccan king, and regarded it as profound philosophy—he always held pathos to be profound.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The only moment of pathos, although it was involuntary, occurred at eleven o’clock Sunday night when they brought in the episcopal coffin, still smelling of ship’s wax, with its copper handles and tufted silk lining.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
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