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  • The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
  • knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury.
    Shakespeare, William  --  As You Like It
  • ...middle-aged woman worn with the cares of penury and a large family...
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • Poor Jurgis, who had in truth grown more matter-of-fact, under the endless pressure of penury, would not know what to make of these things,
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • ...virtue of itself sheds a certain light, even though it be through the straits and chinks of penury,
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • There were a number of skirmishes with Mrs. Hall on matters of domestic discipline, but in every case until late April, when the first signs of penury began, he over-rode her by the easy expedient of an extra payment.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • What prodigal portion have I spent that I should come to such penury?
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • At first he pined for them, sorrowed for them, longed to see them, but later, the thought of their coming some day in their rags and dirt, and betraying him with their kisses, and pulling him down from his lofty place, and dragging him back to penury and degradation and the slums, made him shudder.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • ...who had not learned that first principle of penury which is to scrimp and save for the sake of scrimping and saving,
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!

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  • The weariest and most loathed worldly life
    That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
    Can lay on nature is a paradise
    To what we fear of death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Along with the pressures of living together came penury.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • His mother explained to him her liberal designs, in case of his marrying Miss Morton; told him she would settle on him the Norfolk estate, which, clear of land-tax, brings in a good thousand a-year; offered even, when matters grew desperate, to make it twelve hundred; and in opposition to this, if he still persisted in this low connection, represented to him the certain penury that must attend the match.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • remember our feelings of disgrace and penury and shame
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • And now to chuse the mortification of Mrs. Elton’s notice and the penury of her conversation, rather than return to the superior companions who have always loved her with such real, generous affection.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He pointed at himself and family with a wave of the hand intended to bring out the penuriousness of the exhibition.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • this penury
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • When the population suffers, when work is lacking, when there is no commerce, the tax-payer resists imposts through penury, he exhausts and oversteps his respite, and the state expends a great deal of money in the charges for compelling and collection.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was too far to return to dinner, and an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals, was served round between the services.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • and am bethought
    To take the basest and most poorest shape
    That ever penury, in contempt of man
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • There have been inflicted upon you severe financial reverses, bringing you so close to penury and ruin that you have considered a way out in self-destruction.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Ashamed that she was poor and reduced to galling shifts and penury and work that negroes should do.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Distress, if not penury, loomed in the distance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It is like a casting of fading bronze upon the pillow, the hands alone still with any semblance of life: a curled, gnarled ineptness; a spent yet alert quality from which weariness, exhaustion, travail has not yet departed, as though they doubted even yet the actuality of rest, guarding with horned and penurious alertness the cessation which they know cannot last.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Johnny found myriad avenues of distraction from his family’s penury.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Since the onset of civil war, Burundi’s per capita gross domestic product had fallen from roughly $180 per year to about $80, the lowest in the world, and of course that paltry figure understated the general penury.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Ten months earlier the amount it stood for had represented the depths of penury; but her standard of values had changed in the interval, and now visions of wealth lurked in every flourish of the pen.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She was the daughter of a clergyman in reduced circumstances, and at his death, which had occurred several years before this date, she boldly avoided penury by taking over a little shop of church requisites and developing it to its present creditable proportions.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Well, the Widow Stone, a steely-eyed harridan of penurious Scottish stock, handed over to me her husband’s correspondence of a lifetime.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I trust that the labour and hazard of an investigation — of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon — combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Though without any natural gift for music, she had received, some fifteen years earlier, the instruction which a music-mistress of the Faubourg Saint-Germain, a woman of genius who had been, towards the end of her life, reduced to penury, had started, at seventy, to give to the daughters and granddaughters of her old pupils.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Such was old Arthur Gride, in whose face there was not a wrinkle, in whose dress there was not one spare fold or plait, but expressed the most covetous and griping penury, and sufficiently indicated his belonging to that class of which Ralph Nickleby was a member.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …not grand enough to entitle him to a house in Moira Place, where none can live but retired Members of Council, and partners of Indian firms (who break, after having settled a hundred thousand pounds on their wives, and retire into comparative penury to a country place and four thousand a year); he engaged a comfortable house of a second— or third-rate order in Gillespie Street, purchasing the carpets, costly mirrors, and handsome and appropriate planned furniture by Seddons from the…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Her relatives considered that the penury of her table discredited the Mingott name, which had always been associated with good living; but people continued to come to her in spite of the "made dishes" and flat champagne, and in reply to the remonstrances of her son Lovell (who tried to retrieve the family credit by having the best chef in New York) she used to say laughingly: "What’s the use of two good cooks in one family, now that I’ve married the girls and can’t eat sauces?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • I should have wrecked and wasted in one way or another, either by penury or by luxury.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • You know ensigns—their blood is boiling water, their circumstances generally penurious.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • What might be extravagant to-day, might in half a century become penurious and inadequate.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Agriculture is therefore only suited to those who have already large, superfluous wealth, or to those whose penury bids them only seek a bare subsistence.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He must resign himself to penury; and it was worth while if he produced work which was immortal; but he had a terrible fear that he would never be more than second-rate.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • There are several branches of House Arryn scattered across the Vale, all as proud as they are penurious, save for the Gulltown Arryns, who had the rare good sense to marry merchants.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Naturally: for when "poor Peter" had occupied his arm-chair in the wainscoted parlor, no assiduous beetles for whom the cook prepares boiling water could have been less welcome on a hearth which they had reasons for preferring, than those persons whose Featherstone blood was ill-nourished, not from penuriousness on their part, but from poverty.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page Rich with the spoils of time did ne’er unroll; Chill Penury repress’d their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul.
    Thomas Gray  --  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • During one of their walks a poor cot in the foldings of a vale attracted their notice as being singularly disconsolate, while the number of half-clothed children gathered about it spoke of penury in its worst shape.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But the men who have a competency, alike removed from opulence and from penury, attach an enormous value to their possessions.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Remembering the bitter hungry days at Tara and her more recent penury, Scarlett felt that she could never eat enough of these rich dishes.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Philip could not wrench out of his nature the instincts of the middle-class from which he came; and the penury, the hack work which Cronshaw did to keep body and soul together, the monotony of existence between the slovenly attic and the cafe table, jarred with his respectability.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • With a priest that lacks Latin and a rich man that hath not the gout: for the one sleeps easily because he cannot study, and the other lives merrily because he feels no pain; the one lacking the burden of lean and wasteful learning, the other knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • He almost regretted the penury which he had suffered during the last two years, since the desperate struggle merely to keep body and soul together had deadened the pain of living.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Beauty by itself attracts the desires of all who behold it, and the royal eagles and birds of towering flight stoop on it as on a dainty lure; but if beauty be accompanied by want and penury, then the ravens and the kites and other birds of prey assail it, and she who stands firm against such attacks well deserves to be called the crown of her husband.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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