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Sitting in her wheelchair, she looked wistfully at the dancers.
  showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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  • Sitting in her wheelchair, she looked wistfully at the dancers.
  • I could see them smiling wistfully at us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • DOC What’re you gonna be when you grow up?
    ANYBODYS [wistfully.] A telephone call girl!
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • She was sitting at the window, looking out, a forlorn figure, wistful.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese

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  • White Fang gazed at him wistfully.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "Gee," Johnny said wistfully, "it sure will be good to get into a car again."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • "If I had been the boy you sent for," said Anne wistfully, "I’d be able to help you so much now and spare you in a hundred ways."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He looked so wistful as he went away, hearing the frolic and evidently having none of his own.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He thought wistfully of the guys out on the football field in the sweet fresh wind, tossing the ball around before practice began.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • And all the while the dog sat and watched him, a certain yearning wistfulness in its eyes, for it looked upon him as the fire-provider, and the fire was slow in coming.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire

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  • "Still," Kristy said wistfully, "I did like her halter top."
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • And the wistfulness of his voice was like a reaching to something, and it was as if she were what he reached with.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • She looks wistful.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • What Granny had also said, so wistful, was how she used to dream of going to New York with Grandpa, but he never saw why she wanted to.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • She had always believed that whoever climbed to the top of it could see the ocean; and the little girl had often laid her hand on the great rough trunk and looked up wistfully at those dark boughs that the wind always stirred, no matter how hot and still the air might be below.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • Over and over they asked her, shocked at first and then wistful:
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • I gesture to the trash can, and Becca casts a wistful look in that direction.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • "Wouldn’t it be nice to be that free?" she’d asked Bella wistfully.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • "I wish the king would grow a beard," Natalie said wistfully.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • She emits a wistful laugh, still lost in the memory.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I watched his sweet, wistful smile, and I could see how much this whole thing meant to him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • His smile was wistful.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The way the desert smells and the long, wistful sigh of wind rushing down from the mountains as the sun dips beneath the horizon.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • At home, after the shuttle, after a Jell-O shot someone gave her on board, after listening to the shuttle driver talk wistfully about his family, his twins, his wife, who had gout, Mae couldn’t sleep.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Emma smiled wistfully.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • She shook her head, wistful for a moment.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He took a while to answer, a wistful expression on his face.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Conscientious to a fault, thoughtful of others, and affectionate within reasonable bounds, he was the kind of father whose idealized image appears in many wistful books of human family reminiscences, but whose real prototype has seldom paced the earth upon two legs.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Abenthy’s voice grew vaguely wistful.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He was genuinely grateful and relieved, and he bowed almost wistfully before me, making me feel as though I had indeed come to his aid, that I had helped save him from whatever fate he supposed would befall him were he to visit the ones delivered for our final solace and pleasure.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She sighed wistfully.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • And then a faint wistfulness.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She stared wistfully through the grate a moment, then looked up at Reynie as if surprised to see him still standing there.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Kit greeted her wistfully.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • For a moment, Fezzik felt almost wistful.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • As he deposited his coin and rolled past he remarked wistfully, "I do hope this is an interesting game, otherwise the afternoon will he so terribly dull."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • He shook his head with a wistful sadness.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Her porcelain face looked wistfully at Esperanza with enormous eyes.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Still," she murmured wistfully, "I sho’ wish he could’ve stayed…."
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Sadako liked the wooden doll’s wistful smile and the red roses painted on its kimono.
    Eleanor Coerr  --  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • "It’s served us so well," she said wistfully.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • There was nothing wistful in the way he said this.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He was smart and cunning, but his gaze was wistful.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • "Blue would be nice," said the other voice wistfully.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • I would nearly embrace the stove in gratitude for its warmth, while Ted would discourse rather wistfully about the last time in his memory the edge of the river froze solid.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "I was to Holland once," he said, voice wistful with recollection.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He, too, had mistaken me for an Arab, and when we crossed he had dropped the burdened-down expression and given me a look of wistful inquisitiveness, like a puppy that wanted to play but had just been made to understand that it wasn’t playtime.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The advent of the Second World War and my involvement in it had caused Maria to fade out of my life, but she had been many times since in my wistful thoughts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Her voice is wistful.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Piper heard the wistfulness in his voice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
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