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calamity
used in Middlemarch

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a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
  • It was a fatal accident—a dreadful stroke of calamity that bound me to you the more.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (30% in)
  • That would be calamity for her and success for him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • She would not think it calamity: he would make her believe anything; she has a tendency to immoderate attachment which she inwardly reproaches me for not responding to, and already her mind is occupied with his fortunes.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • Doubtless they were sordid; and for the majority, who are not lofty, there is no escape from sordidness but by being free from money-craving, with all its base hopes and temptations, its watching for death, its hinted requests, its horse-dealer's desire to make bad work pass for good, its seeking for function which ought to be another's, its compulsion often to long for Luck in the shape of a wide calamity.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (10% in)
  • Mrs. Bulstrode is anxious for her niece, and I myself should grieve at a calamitous change in your position.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (73% in)
  • His marriage seemed an unmitigated calamity; and he was afraid of going to Rosamond before he had vented himself in this solitary rage, lest the mere sight of her should exasperate him and make him behave unwarrantably.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (5% in)
  • Poor Mrs. Bulstrode, meanwhile, had been no further shaken by the oncoming tread of calamity than in the busier stirring of that secret uneasiness which had always been present in her since the last visit of Raffles to The Shrubs.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (13% in)
  • There remained in her the belief that some calamity had befallen her husband, of which she was to be kept in ignorance; and it was in her nature strongly to object to such concealment.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (14% in)
  • The vindictive fire was still burning in him, and he could utter no word of retractation; but it was nevertheless in his mind that having come back to this hearth where he had enjoyed a caressing friendship he had found calamity seated there—he had had suddenly revealed to him a trouble that lay outside the home as well as within it.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (49% in)
  • It was not in Dorothea's nature, for longer than the duration of a paroxysm, to sit in the narrow cell of her calamity, in the besotted misery of a consciousness that only sees another's lot as an accident of its own.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (57% in)

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