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  • She was in a state of constant despair for the last year of her life.
    despair = hopelessness
  • I was in deep despair when she introduced me to a better way to live.
  • She rescued me from despair.
    despair = hopelessness or distress
  • The old man, Uchendu, saw clearly that Okonkwo had yielded to despair and he was greatly troubled.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • It was the bitter smell of despair. Even if he could somehow climb Big Thumb, he knew he wouldn't find water.   (source)
  • Despair settled like a stone in the pit of Meg's stomach.   (source)
    despair = distress
  • I did not see Frau Holtzapfel laid out flat on Himmel Street, her arms out wide, her screaming face in total despair.   (source)
  • She fell to her knees and sank into a dark hole of despair and disbelief.   (source)
    despair = feeling of hopelessness or distress
  • But each time a new group of kids shows up and Lev isn't among them, a sense of despair worms its way through Connor's gut.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • In despair, Curly headed for the portable latrines.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness or distress
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  • He shared few memories, and though the other two encouraged him, he couldn't imagine a future. ... Given the dismal record of raft-bound men, Mac's despair was reasonable.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Steam was billowing from under the crumpled hood; Hedwig was shrieking in terror; a golf-ball-size lump was throbbing on Harry's head where he had hit the windshield; and to his right, Ron let out a low, despairing groan.   (source)
    despairing = distressed
  • And my emotions were similarly amplified: The highs were higher; the periods of despair were deeper and darker.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • They ate it by the handfuls, saying they wouldn't dream of sitting with the dead without eating seeds. Seeds kept the living from despair, they explained.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness or distress
  • For a moment he froze, consumed with despair.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness
  • Grace's despair exploded in anger.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • My heart beat in alternating hope and despair: it will work, it will not.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Don't listen to words of despair, Mattie.   (source)
  • "I didn't get any pass," he groaned; with the sliding despair of his face and his clenched hands, that's what it was; a groan.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness and distress
  • It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • They all knew that this haughty man was on his way to meet with their council, and that before night fell he would hold their very lives in his hand. Resignation and despair settled over the household that evening, as though...   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • My writing has raised me somewhat from "the depths of despair."   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • And the despair filled him again.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Sometimes she gave up in despair and she just lay weeping in the pitch darkness.   (source)
  • But these thoughts led to such despair that I soon learned not to give in to them.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness or distress
  • He didn't know that in some places, like the country that Rahel came from, various kinds of despair competed for primacy. ...personal turmoil dropped by at the wayside shrine of the vast ... turmoil of a nation. That Big God howled like a hot wind... Then Small God... Inured by the confirmation of his own inconsequence … laughed a hollow laugh, and skipped away cheerfully.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • Gerald hung up in despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Maybe this was a hallucination being brought on by all his grief and despair.   (source)
  • The failed uprising plunged the whole country into despair again.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness
  • Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Her voice was ragged with despair.   (source)
  • And a train arrives at an hour of despair.   (source)
  • Drive out despair, and you will keep death away from yourselves.   (source)
  • Each time, he'd cycle through feelings of anger, regret, longing, hope, despair, longing, anger, regret.   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness
  • I oskillate (mispronounces oscillate) between hope and despair for this world as well, Sam.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • And he began to see that there might be some sense in that last line about getting your heart's desire and getting despair along with it.   (source)
  • ...for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt.   (source)
  • The chaplain sagged limply beneath the mountainous weight of his despair.   (source)
    despair = feeling of hopelessness or distress
  • She pressed the back of her hand to her eyes, trying to dam the outbreak of a despair she had not permitted herself to acknowledge; she had not known the extent of it, nor how little of her endurance the quest had left her.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • I was convinced we must care about people; we must reach out to help them in their despair.   (source)
    despair = feeling of hopelessness or distress
  • The passage from hope to despair   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • He spat out the word with the deepest despair I have ever heard in a human voice.   (source)
  • Oh, I have seen plenty since and have felt the shattering waves of violence and despair and confusion.   (source)
  • (Fanfare, shorter but nearer) NORFOLK (Despairing) Oh, my God.   (source)
    despairing = with distress or without hope
  • But at this moment the general despair broke down into a multitude of individual quarrels.   (source)
    despair = desperation
  • And then, in a voice of despair, "Oh, Linda, forgive me."   (source)
    despair = distress
  • Their figures are bent, their faces full of grief, despair, haste, and resignation.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • He was worried now — there was a quality of nervous despair in Daisy's letters.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness and distress
  • They too are breathing now with a deep groaning sound; looking back once, their gaze sweeps across us with in their eyes a wild, sad, profound and despairing quality as though they had already seen in the thick water the shape of the disaster which they could not speak and we could not see.   (source)
    despairing = hopeless
  • He was in despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • it was pitiful to see her so brave and yet so sorrowful, and in such a depth of despair.   (source)
  • For those near to her the despair was fearful to behold. She was convinced that her life was over, her life and children's.   (source)
  • I had already experienced it several times, and always in periods of utmost despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • First the look of despair faded out; then came a faint flush of hope; here eyes grew deep and bright as morning stars.   (source)
  • The old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right, he thought in the moment of controlled despair that ensued:   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • "Oh, don't!" said Phyllis, in despair; "this is truly dreadful!"   (source)
    despair = distress
  • After such exaltation, his sudden reward was radical gloom, a hangover that bordered on despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • To-night the pressure of accumulated misgivings sent the scale drooping toward despair, and her indifference was the more chilling after the flush of joy into which she had plunged him by dismissing Denis Eady.   (source)
  • It seemed strange that ... the feeling which gave one of them such happiness should bring the other such despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • So for two weeks more Jurgis fought with the demon of despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • GAEV. [In despair] My sister, my sister. ...   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • I tried to puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside until night should bring an explanation.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • The men in blue were intent with the despair of their circumstances and they seized upon the revenge to be had at close range.   (source)
  • you can imagine what a state of despair he will be in when he wakens and misses the manuscript.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • Breathless and in despair he fell on his back, expecting death to come immediately.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • They went toward the Seine in despair, shivering with cold.   (source)
  • Go, brave heart, and save me from despair.'   (source)
    despair = a feeling of hopelessness
  • With the superstition common to his brotherhood, he fancied himself given over to a fiend, to be tortured with frightful dreams and desperate thoughts, the sting of remorse and despair of pardon, as a foretaste of what awaits him beyond the grave.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • And she wrung her hands in despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes.   (source)
  • The soul does not surrender to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • I saw that some ten or twelve vibrations would bring the steel in actual contact with my robe, and with this observation there suddenly came over my spirit all the keen, collected calmness of despair.   (source)
    despair = distressed (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • At last my mother gave up, in despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • You have hope, and the world before you, and have no cause for despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Despair is in my heart.   (source)
  • ...must show neither surprise nor despair,   (source)
  • The madness and despair of many hours unloads itself in this outburst.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • his face suffused with fury and despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • They had just noticed this when a cry of despair broke from every animal's throat.   (source)
    despair = distress
  • Still he did not see this, and he climbed down full of despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • All at once there came a bloodcurdling shriek, filled with hatred and despair. Gollum was defeated. He dared go no further.   (source)
  • When the boulder began to slip and the animals cried out in despair at finding themselves dragged down the hill, it was always Boxer who strained himself against the rope and brought the boulder to a stop.   (source)
    despair = distress
  • The routine of adversity, the gradual decay of youthful loves and youthful hopes, the quiet despair (hardly felt as pain) of ever overcoming the chronic temptations with which we have again and again defeated them, the drabness which we create in their lives and the inarticulate resentment with which we teach them to respond to it--all this provides admirable opportunities of wearing out a soul by attrition.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  •   "And then it'll be about two years more before you can ride."
      Jody cried out in despair, "I'll be grown up."   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
  • And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • There is, of course, always the chance, not of chloroforming the shame, but of aggravating it and producing Despair.   (source)
  • He heard also a deep groan of despair.   (source)
    despair = desperation
  • It was a great formidable cry of anger and despair, a deep, loud 'Oh-o-o-o-oh!' that went humming on like the reverberation of a bell.   (source)
  • They cannot persist without solace, without illusion, they are disordered before the naked picture of despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • That's what they mean by the womb of time: the agony and the despair of spreading bones, the hard girdle in which lie the outraged entrails of events.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • Then they knew that Gandalf was going to leave them at the very edge of Mirkwood, and they were in despair.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • Sometimes I am almost in despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • The fear and despair they had felt a moment earlier were drowned in their rage against this vile, contemptible act.   (source)
    despair = distress
  • In despair and not knowing what else to do, poor little Bilbo caught hold of it and was pushed over the edge with it.   (source)
    despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
  • It seems to me that the end which I now carry alone has no weight, as though it coasts like a rushing straw upon the furious tide of Jewel's despair.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.   (source)
    despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
  • If, on the other hand, by steady and cool-headed application here and now you can finally secure his soul, he will then be yours forever--a brim-full living chalice of despair and horror and astonishment which you can raise to your lips as often as you please.   (source)
    despair = hopelessness
  • But somehow, just when the dwarves were most despairing, Bilbo felt a strange lightening of the heart, as if a heavy weight had gone from under his waistcoat.   (source)
    despairing = without hope
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  • She despaired that anyone would believe her.
    despaired = lost hope
  • I never despaired and eventually I found a good job.
  • Don't despair--help is on the way!
    despair = lose hope
  • My child, do not despair.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • His father, Unoka, who was then an ailing man, had said to him during that terrible harvest month: "Do not despair."   (source)
  • But as a reader, I did not despair.   (source)
  • Nine hours after that bus rolled over, as all those stretchers were being carried up the hill, and everyone despairing—there was her hand coming up out of the window and everyone was shouting because there it was, a moving hand.   (source)
    despairing = losing hope
  • I would have despaired of the hopelessness and confusion.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • With all that, why should I despair?   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • Ender despaired.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
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  • "You mustn't despair!" cried Mr Wonka. "Nothing is impossible!"   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • We mustn't despair.   (source)
  • The stable hands, despairing of getting help to the track fast enough, fetched the only transportation on hand, a little runabout truck that the track starter used to motor around the course.   (source)
    despairing = losing hope
  • 'Don't despair!' said Strider.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • No matter how many times he signed one, it always came back for still another signature, and he began to despair of ever being free of any of them.   (source)
    despair = lose hope
  • He would not give up the search for her plane, when all others had long since despaired, as he would not give up his mills, as he would not give up any goal he had chosen if a single chance was left.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • Sometimes, I despair.   (source)
    despair = lose hope or feel distress
  • In that knowledge, despair and die!   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • He remembered those weeks of timid indecision, during which he had looked and longed and despaired of ever having the courage to ask her.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • He knew he was in the grip of the unforgivable sin, despair.   (source)
    despair = giving up hope
  • But we need not despair.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • Marilla had almost begun to despair of ever fashioning this waif of the world into her model little girl of demure manners and prim deportment.   (source)
  • "He's fallen down in a fit, more likely," said Phyllis, "all human aid despaired of."   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • Now he thought she understood him, and feared; now he was sure she did not, and despaired.   (source)
  • It is said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is despaired of.   (source)
    despaired = thought hopeless
  • Act fourth displayed the despairing Roderigo on the point of stabbing himself because he has been told that Zara has deserted him.   (source)
    despairing = without hope
  • Do not despair.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • I know you will not despair. You have a manly and a proud heart.   (source)
  • Wanderers in the shadowed land despair not!   (source)
  • They despaired, until I returned and told them that the drift was little wider than a wall.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • I, too, despaired at last, and I began my homeward journey.   (source)
  • What's so difficult about my personality is that I scold and curse myself much more than anyone else does; if Mother adds her advice, the pile of sermons becomes so thick that I despair of ever getting through them.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • Once, tired of writing and rewriting until Peter was satisfied, Val despaired and said, "Write it yourself, then!"   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • He had waited so long for his breakthrough, despaired so many times, and he just wanted to be alone for a little while with a pencil and some paper and a calculator and no talking.   (source)
  • Suddenly, he knew that this was the goal of his restless hours, this was the pleasure he had despaired of finding, this was the celebration he had wanted.   (source)
  • Even so they often despaired of getting their pony up, or indeed of finding a path for themselves, burdened as they were.   (source)
  • There we had rumour of him, and we guess that he dwelt there long in the dark hills; but we never found him, and at last I despaired.   (source)
  • But I fear ... he knows that Despair is a greater sin than any of the sins which provoke it.   (source)
    despair = giving up hope
  • There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a I brief sojourn in the Enemy's camp and are now with us.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • It all depends on whether your man is of the desponding type who can be tempted to despair, or of the wishful-thinking type who can be assured that all is well.   (source)
  • It is after men have given in to the irremediable, after they have despaired of relief and ceased to think even a half-hour ahead, that the dangers of humbled and gentle weariness begin.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • But, my child, do not despair, this knowledge came to him just too late!   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • Rely, therefore, on your hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable, do not despair.   (source)
  • I had not despaired, nor had I yet conceived the idea of returning if set free.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • I resolved, at least, not to despair, but in every way to fit myself for an interview with them which would decide my fate.   (source)
    despair = give up hope
  • I did not know the names of the towns that I was to pass through, nor could I ask information from a single human being; but I did not despair.   (source)
  • Sometimes the peasants, scared by this horrid apparition, informed me of his path; sometimes he himself, who feared that if I lost all trace of him I should despair and die, left some mark to guide me.   (source)
  • Even the sailors feel the power of his eloquence; when he speaks, they no longer despair; he rouses their energies, and while they hear his voice they believe these vast mountains of ice are mole-hills which will vanish before the resolutions of man.   (source)
  •   She is too fair, too wise; wisely too fair,
      To merit bliss by making me despair.   (source)
  • I should have been burnt, but you may remember it rained exceedingly hard when they were going to roast me; the storm was so violent that they despaired of lighting the fire, so I was hanged because they could do no better.   (source)
    despaired = lost hope
  • He despaired at parting from so good a master, who had become his intimate friend; but the pleasure of serving him prevailed over the pain of leaving him.   (source)
    despaired = felt bad
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  • Her schizophrenia and refusal to take medication is the despair of her parents.
  • The answers to these prayers seemed often to come in the middle of the night: many mornings I would climb onto my stool to find the watch that we had left in a hundred despairing pieces fitted together and ticking merrily.   (source)
    despairing = causing hopelessness or great distress
  • It was the despair of Lieutenant Scheisskopf's life to be chained to a woman who was incapable of looking beyond her own dirty, sexual desires to the titanic struggles for the unattainable in which noble man could become heroically engaged.   (source)
    despair = something that causes hopelessness or distress
  • If she had been six she would have been the despair of her parents.   (source)
  • The Church of England, that finest flower of our Island genius for compromise; that system, peculiar to these shores, the despair of foreign observers, which deflects the torrents of religious passion down the canals of moderation.   (source)
    despair = something that causes hopelessness or great distress
  • When he had gone half way he turned around and stared at the scene — his wife and Catherine scolding and consoling as they stumbled here and there among the crowded furniture with articles of aid, and the despairing figure on the couch, bleeding fluently, and trying to spread a copy of "Town Tattle." over the tapestry scenes of Versailles.   (source)
    despairing = causing distress and loss of hope
  • It blew up onto the hills on the old terrors, the old lusts, the old despairs.   (source)
    despairs = things that cause hopelessness
  • After supper, urged perhaps by the impish humour which was the despair of his friends in Cambridge, Mass., he often asked Philip and Hayward to come in for a chat.   (source)
    despair = something that causes hopelessness or distress
  • These "new styles" were the despair of our young nieces, who were always trying to get us into brighter colors, shorter skirts, and lower necklines.   (source)
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  • Even from this distance she read despair in his posture.†   (source)
  • They sat down at the foot of the wall, overcome by a profound despair.†   (source)
  • Edgar boarded the school bus in despair.†   (source)
  • We saw her look down at her stomach in despair.†   (source)
  • All I was feeling was despair.†   (source)
  • The words used to describe it—despair, fear, anxiety, obsession—do so little to communicate it.†   (source)
  • Their betrayal was based only on their despair and hatred of the human race.†   (source)
  • Just a few days before, it was shining like a halo of salvation, but now it had become a beacon of despair.†   (source)
  • They were roles for women who had known the bitterness of joy and the sweetness of despair.†   (source)
  • I should never despair, for God had a plan.†   (source)
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  • As he is starting to despair, an old man comes toward him in a small cart drawn by a single horse.†   (source)
  • Sam shook his head in feigned despair.†   (source)
  • Day after day, week after week, Cassie would erupt in fits of anger and despair, and we never knew quite what she would say or do next.†   (source)
  • He was crushed with despair.†   (source)
  • Mary sat on the outdoor concrete steps with the officer standing over her, the two mirroring each other's despair and frustration.†   (source)
  • The year after my mom died, I spent a lot of time wallowing in selfpity and despair.†   (source)
  • What mattered was that Salva was on his own now He felt as though he were standing on the edge of a giant hole—a hole filled with the black despair of nothingness.†   (source)
  • Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out.†   (source)
  • A plane roared in the distance, filling Eddie with a sudden, sickening wave of despair.†   (source)
  • He'd had this feeling before, beyond the numbness and the dull despair.†   (source)
  • When the days turned into weeks, Walter began to sink into deep despair.†   (source)
  • Winky let out a wail of despair.†   (source)
  • Ever since the child had learned to walk he had been his mother's and father's despair and delight, for there never was such a boy for wandering, for climbing up things, for getting into and out of things.†   (source)
  • He leaned forward to shut the door, and the Baudelaire orphans were too overcome with despair to get a last glimpse of Mr. Poe.†   (source)
  • She read in his face that it had been a place of abasement, of degradation and despair.†   (source)
  • There was exhaustion and despair, and a lot of black humor—jokes about exploding catheter bags, other people's well-meaning idiocy, or drunken misadventures.†   (source)
  • He clenched his teeth against the pain and despair.†   (source)
  • Reynie was crumbling, on the brink of despair.†   (source)
  • I wonder, but I don't despair.†   (source)
  • But it was evident that underneath their apparent complacency, Savannah's blacks were beset by an anguish and despair that ran so deep and expressed itself with such violence that it had made Savannah the murder capital of America.†   (source)
  • It's the only thing that keeps us from despair when we look at what humans have done to the world.†   (source)
  • I sank into deeper despair.†   (source)
  • Then, one night, he broke her arm, and after that, that was four years ago, he never touched her again, went through another change, into a kind of settled, sour despair.†   (source)
  • So he watched, in growing horror and despair, as Cain's fist slammed into her jaw.†   (source)
  • Doubt one minute, faith the next—sometimes inspired, sometimes in despair.†   (source)
  • I thought I heard the sighs of a wild, despairing woman.†   (source)
  • I closed my eyes in despair.†   (source)
  • The despair doesn't last.†   (source)
  • Thinking that makes me sick with despair: There's no bottom to this crap.†   (source)
  • All reality, I decide, is a blender where hopes and dreams are mixed with fear and despair.†   (source)
  • How can they be fourolds?" the man cried out in despair.†   (source)
  • First, disappointment and despair, then a rising bitterness.†   (source)
  • But to despair was to wish back for something already lost.†   (source)
  • After a week of staring at my clock, waiting for midnight, I begin to despair.†   (source)
  • Yeah, it's nothing," Spencer said, and inexplicably felt an overwhelming wave of despair.†   (source)
  • Rameck reeled in despair.†   (source)
  • Her rage, her loss, her despair.†   (source)
  • I grabbed her and shouted in her face and she kicked at me, and when I wouldn't let go and she couldn't force me to, she began to cry, just wordless howls of despair.†   (source)
  • It was amazing to see the recovery Chencha had made, after the state of misery and despair in which she had left.†   (source)
  • He didn't throw up his hands in despair.†   (source)
  • Jon despaired of me often enough, yet I grew into a good king.†   (source)
  • The rest of the week, I flip-flop between total despair and simmering rage.†   (source)
  • There were a few silver coins in the tin box, but something made him very sure that he could not offer money to this proud old man. lie looked about him in despair.†   (source)
  • Something heavy with despair.†   (source)
  • And together we will try to hold back the floods of tears and despair and make it through the potholed streets of life.†   (source)
  • "This is nice," she said, pointing to a large illustration that showed a group of men in various states of despair, holding their heads, lying on the floor, or huddling in corners.†   (source)
  • Both men collapsed onto their chairs in despair.†   (source)
  • It was despair.†   (source)
  • I can feel the despair pouring out of him as he lifts me up and wraps my legs around his waist.†   (source)
  • But his eyes, in the ruined face, were intelligent and despairing.†   (source)
  • Hit the squirrel over the head with a shovel?" said Flora's father in a squeaky, despairing voice.†   (source)
  • Hana must read the despair on my face.†   (source)
  • Grandad might have been overwhelmed by loss and despair, but he still had something to live for, someone who would need him even when his wife no longer knew who he was.†   (source)
  • They continue through this maze of despair.†   (source)
  • He urges him not to despair.†   (source)
  • MAP OF DESPAIR   (source)
  • His voice was both violent and despairing.†   (source)
  • Every muscle in my face pulled down and I sucked in air in an attempt to wash away the despair.†   (source)
  • Desolation, despair, and depression.†   (source)
  • As I read the article I felt despair creeping over me.†   (source)
  • He turned in despair to Murtagh.†   (source)
  • It was a terrible hopelessness and despair.†   (source)
  • We were sitting around Ma's house in Ewing, all twelve siblings, doctors, professors all-the house as wild as it always was when we were little, our kids going crazy and our spouses numb, while Mommy's original dozen fell back into nutty behavioral patterns that would make a psychologist throw up his hands in despair-when someone shouted over the din, "Let's go to the movies!"†   (source)
  • I felt an unspeakable despair.†   (source)
  • I felt as close to despair as I ever had in my life.†   (source)
  • But after four hours of standing, Hana could no longer contain her despair.†   (source)
  • A distressed look, tinged with fear, despair, disappointment.†   (source)
  • He told of the hemorrhages in the night, of Dr Clark bleeding him and prescribing "exercise and good air," and of the ultimate religious and personal despair which had led Keats to demand his own epitaph be carved in stone as: "Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water."†   (source)
  • He was too perfect, I realized with a piercing stab of despair.†   (source)
  • It was then that the Briarcrest biology teacher, Marilyn Beasley, came to Graves in despair.†   (source)
  • She hovered somewhere between hope and total despair.†   (source)
  • Booth wandered the streets in despair.†   (source)
  • The architects were stunned: "they gazed," Burnham said, "with a feeling almost of despair."†   (source)
  • Other characters have names like Faithful, Evangelist, and the Giant Despair.†   (source)
  • If she could eliminate this kind of uncertainty—when and by whom would you be touched a certain way again—you would eliminate most of the stressors of the world, and maybe, too, the wave of despair that was gathering in Mae's chest.†   (source)
  • " "Oh, Homer," Mom said in despair.†   (source)
  • If Da5id weren't a hacker, Hiro would despair of his ever having enough brains to do anything.†   (source)
  • You would never think, driving past the IBP plant in Lexington, with its colorful children's playground out front, with Wal-Mart and Burger King across the street, that a single, innocuous-looking building could be responsible for so much sudden change, hardship, and despair.†   (source)
  • The cells babbled with the poignant tongues of despair licking the walls.†   (source)
  • And then horns were honking, their ah-000gahs sounding like despairing geese.†   (source)
  • Just exasperation and despair.†   (source)
  • Raw emotion gripped Katherine—relief, sympathy, despair.†   (source)
  • Elinor's voice was pouring rage and despair into the peaceful study.†   (source)
  • What Larry McCaslin saw in Rahel's eyes was not despair at all, but a sort of enforced optimism.†   (source)
  • Lying still, she tried to expand her senses, but the blanket of malevolence and despair was too strong, and she found she couldn't use her magic.†   (source)
  • I began to despair.†   (source)
  • It does at times reveal a certain despair over her present situation - a fact that is rather concerning.†   (source)
  • I will not describe his parents' despair.†   (source)
  • She glanced at Gerald with brief despair, and moved on.†   (source)
  • Despairing and defeated, Mack slumped to the floor next to the bloodstain.†   (source)
  • Grief and despair had ravaged it.†   (source)
  • It's been written off, shoved beyond public consciousness and left to wallow in its own lawlessness and despair.†   (source)
  • A sense of despair washed over me.†   (source)
  • Until that time she had been a woman without a sense of urgency, a woman whose nature prepared her to wait without despair, but life in that house proved stronger than her virtue.†   (source)
  • By the time she reached the creek, the fury Clarke had carried into the woods had been replaced by despair.†   (source)
  • But Jessica had eyes only for the despair in Paul's face.†   (source)
  • Yet I read a sadness in his face, a look of despair.†   (source)
  • Poor Chris. he despair grows now.†   (source)
  • "Some are born unstable, some are made unstable by their living conditions, but the result is the same: the dogs, instead of being a joy to their owners, are a worry, an expense, and often bring complete despair to an entire family," Woodhouse wrote.†   (source)
  • When after days a ship broke apart, or the pieces of it sank, or a salvage company gave up in despair after off-loading one twenty-fifth of its cargo, islanders watched blankly with their mouths hard-set and shook their heads once or twice.†   (source)
  • Man's feeling of alienation in the world creates a sense of despair, boredom, nausea, and absurdity.†   (source)
  • Our innocence and faith were no more productive than his lust or despair.†   (source)
  • If I couldn't see her, then she couldn't see me; I let my jaw sag with frustration and despair, for it seemed I would never escape Hatsumomo.†   (source)
  • Crazy's a factor, too. but I think she must've been weighed down by sadness and despair before she weighed herself down with rocks.†   (source)
  • I knew He sent His spirit on Sundays to the church, but after all that was a church and the people had had all day Saturday to shuffle off the cloak of work and the skin of despair.†   (source)
  • With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.†   (source)
  • He said, "Do not be despair, young bahss.†   (source)
  • "I've never known despair and I don't think I ever will," he wrote me once.†   (source)
  • At the time, Jean Louise was so overcome with despair at the prospect of being too old to enjoy anything when it would finally be over, she refrained from pursuing the subject.†   (source)
  • Blomkvist felt only despair.†   (source)
  • In such a narrowed world, in order to survive, you learn to contain your rage and your despair, and you try to re-create, as well as you can, your normality, some sense of things continuing.†   (source)
  • Inigo looked at Fezzik in despair.†   (source)
  • One moment you're at the peak of joy, the next you're on the brink of despair.†   (source)
  • I cover my face and grit my teeth as the tears fall, bearing the wave of despair like it is a fist, striking me.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I despair.†   (source)
  • My heart gave itself over to deep despair.†   (source)
  • Just when I had given up all hope and had sunk to the lowest depth of despair, out of the white wall of driving sleet, my little dog came to me.†   (source)
  • They seemed to watch him with a kind of despairing, beseeching reproach.†   (source)
  • Ch'idzigyaak listened with despair.†   (source)
  • Will did not know whether to weep with joy or new despair.†   (source)
  • I would not, under any circumstances, seem despairing or even disappointed to my captors.†   (source)
  • I glance at the clock, antsy with despair.†   (source)
  • You're wallowing in your own despair, you fool!†   (source)
  • Helene puts her fingers over my mouth, her anger replaced with something like despair.†   (source)
  • Everybody could hear the helpless, cornered despair in McMurphy's voice.†   (source)
  • AFTER PRACTICE, LUMA wasn't despairing.†   (source)
  • Caroline felt a rush of despair.†   (source)
  • He felt close to despair.†   (source)
  • (She laughs joyously, having practically destroyed the apartment, and flings her arms up and lets them come down happily, slowly, reflectively, over her abdomen, aware for the first time perhaps that the life therein pulses with happiness and not despair) Lena?†   (source)
  • Rage and despair ripped through me.†   (source)
  • Miss Lydia looked at him in a sort of despair.†   (source)
  • The memory of my youth was such a surprising relief from all the hatred and despair, blood and drugs that surrounded me.†   (source)
  • Oscar Danilo Blandon, the so-called Johnny Appleseed of Crack, may have been the instigator of one ripple effect, in which by his actions a single person inadvertently causes an ocean of despair.†   (source)
  • And Miro was plunged into despair.†   (source)
  • In the following weeks I walked around in a state of tightly leashed fury and despair.†   (source)
  • Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!†   (source)
  • And I felt in our final a strong premonition not to let him go. to stay in touch via cell phone helped a little. to visit when he could helped not at all. puddled, spilled, soaked Ethan's shirt like fed by a downpour of despair, roiling into a river good-bye. kisses embraces Promises Vows Tears a salty stream, of mourning.†   (source)
  • Yet despair was what he saw.†   (source)
  • The atmosphere in the shack in which they lived was despairing.†   (source)
  • Smith, Roger noted with despair, "had a slight, knowing smile."†   (source)
  • Surrounding it was a city of despair.†   (source)
  • The smell in the streets—a mix of refuse, horse droppings, urine, and despair—is truly awful, and I'm afraid I might gag.†   (source)
  • In her darkest moments of despair, she asked God again and again why Adam had been taken instead of her: the survivor's guilt of a military spouse.†   (source)
  • Now I felt despair beyond description.†   (source)
  • At what he judged to be the middle of the fifth night, Mortenson felt a wave of blackness lapping at his feet, surging up to his knees, threatening to drown him in despair.†   (source)
  • The weeping became louder, more despairing.†   (source)
  • Mr. Moritz's novels are defined by their humor and compassion, and the hope they search for amid despair.†   (source)
  • Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust?†   (source)
  • She was weeping openly, her expression filled with despair.†   (source)
  • All shall love me and despair!†   (source)
  • Chapter Seventeen Hope and Despair The journey from the Cartographer's island to the Island at the Edge of the World was the most peaceful and least eventful passage they had experienced since the original voyage from London into the Archipelago.†   (source)
  • ] I have seen the Nisei in anger, in exuberant spirits, enthusiasm and despair, in the quiet stillness of resignation or renunciation—I've worked beside them in canneries, on farms, in Red Cross groups—I've seen them in poverty and in luxury, in cabins and stuccoed residences, struggling for higher education on meager earnings, or cushioned through college by a parent's wealth—I've known them as mill hands, lumberjacks, clerks, dressmakers, stenos, domestic servants—I've watched them…†   (source)
  • Despair!†   (source)
  • Esteban had bouts of despair because Clara treated him with the same kindness she displayed toward everybody else.†   (source)
  • Yossarian was limp with exhaustion, pain and despair when he finished.†   (source)
  • Beside a sister one does not despair.†   (source)
  • …and I was feeling nothing
    I was shattered, I was saved, I lost everything, I was given
    everything else
    something in me died, something in me was born, I only knew
    the girl was gone
    whoever I was, I would never be her again this is the way
    the world ends not with a bang but a whimper
    claim yourself claim yourself claim yourself claim
    gratitude fury love despair hope hate
    first green is gold but nothing green can stay
    try nothing
    T. S. Eliot.†   (source)
  • The male fish always let the female fish feed first and the hooked fish, the female, made a wild panic-stricken, despairing fight that soon exhausted her, and all the time the male had stayed with her, crossing the line and circling with her on the surface.†   (source)
  • Not to mention poverty, despair, and hopelessness.†   (source)
  • In his despair he forgot his English.†   (source)
  • I cried in despair.†   (source)
  • Or was it only despair?†   (source)
  • A familiar wave of despair floods over me and I close my eyes, trying to calm my throbbing head.†   (source)
  • It was then, as we despaired, that I thought of Thomas Stone.†   (source)
  • We all exercised in the Yard of Despair for another half hour.†   (source)
  • Like a flood, despair swept through Tom's chest.†   (source)
  • I took the finals in the middle of June and came away from them sick with despair.†   (source)
  • In the Monterrey dugout, the mood swung from eager anticipation to morbid despair.†   (source)
  • A family had just been evicted and there was an individual cry of despair, multiplied by millions.†   (source)
  • And despair.†   (source)
  • Oh, the despair, my young friends.†   (source)
  • It went from a kind of desperate excitement to dark despair, in gentle slow motion.†   (source)
  • Whatever anger or torment or despair he felt, he kept to himself.†   (source)
  • She stepped away from him, her face so filled with despair, Eve's heart broke.†   (source)
  • I never dreamed, I never would have dared dream, of the great joy and despair that it would open up to me.†   (source)
  • Weeping out of control, she fell to her knees, then collapsed in the street, her screams of despair clear to the man who suddenly was above her.†   (source)
  • "Do not despair!" he said, struggling to smile.†   (source)
  • In a heartbeat Grandmother's tone changed from utter despair to cold vindictiveness.†   (source)
  • In this country the sun shineth night and day; wherefore this was beyond the Valley of the Shadow of Death and also out of the reach of Giant Despair; neither could they from this place so much as see Doubting Castle.†   (source)
  • The thought of her daughter in bed with these men drives Lourdes to despair, to utter repugnance.†   (source)
  • Don't despair.†   (source)
  • Her chest, smaller than my fist, shuddered, and she gave a cry, but so weak, so like a parting, that I was near despair.†   (source)
  • It dies when the odors of hope, despair, lust, and caring are wiped out by the seasonal winds; when dust has settled into the cracks and scars, leveling their depths and discoloration—their reasons for being; when the spirit is trapped and fading in someone's memory.†   (source)
  • "Do I look sunk in despair?" he asked, holding his arms out from his sides.†   (source)
  • A muffled cry of rage and despair shook the ground.†   (source)
  • Then she'll die of despair, all because she forgot to wear pants on a day when it was fifteen degrees outside."†   (source)
  • But his despair is growing.†   (source)
  • Before he shutters his eyes, I catch something that might have been despair.†   (source)
  • The man who made the motor-she thought suddenly, the thought coming like a cry of despair.†   (source)
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