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agony
used in Anna Karenina

37 uses
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Definition
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
  • I see your agony, and I can't tell you how sorry I am for you!
    Part One (60% in)
  • Kitty looked into his face, which was so close to her own, and long afterwards—for several years after—that look, full of love, to which he made no response, cut her to the heart with an agony of shame.
    Part One (68% in)
  • Wasted and flushed, with a peculiar glitter in her eyes, left there by the agony of shame she had been put through, Kitty stood in the middle of the room.
    Part Two (2% in)
  • There had been nothing definite, but Stepan Arkadyevitch was hardly ever at home; money, too, was hardly ever forthcoming, and Dolly was continually tortured by suspicions of infidelity, which she tried to dismiss, dreading the agonies of jealousy she had been through already.
    Part Two (3% in)
  • She was in an agony of terror for Vronsky, but a still greater agony was the never-ceasing, as it seemed to her, stream of her husband's shrill voice with its familiar intonations.
    Part Two (77% in)
  • She was in an agony of terror for Vronsky, but a still greater agony was the never-ceasing, as it seemed to her, stream of her husband's shrill voice with its familiar intonations.
    Part Two (77% in)
  • But when he was all alone in the carriage Alexey Alexandrovitch, to his surprise and delight, felt complete relief both from this pity and from the doubts and agonies of jealousy.
    Part Three (36% in)
  • After a fearful agony and a sense of something huge, bigger than the head itself, being torn out of his jaw, the sufferer, hardly able to believe in his own good luck, feels all at once that what has so long poisoned his existence and enchained his attention, exists no longer, and that he can live and think again, and take interest in other things besides his tooth.
    Part Three (36% in)
  • The agony had been strange and terrible, but now it was over; he felt that he could live again and think of something other than his wife.
    Part Three (36% in)
  • The mere notion of this so exasperated Alexey Alexandrovitch, that directly it rose to his mind he groaned with inward agony, and got up and changed his place in the carriage, and for a long while after, he sat with scowling brows, wrapping his numbed and bony legs in the fleecy rug.
    Part Three (39% in)
  • The feeling of jealousy, which had tortured him during the period of uncertainty, had passed away at the instant when the tooth had been with agony extracted by his wife's words.
    Part Three (39% in)
  • On the way home from the races she had told her husband the truth in a moment of excitement, and in spite of the agony she had suffered in doing so, she was glad of it.
    Part Three (43% in)
  • Levin tried through her to get a solution of the weighty enigma her husband presented to his mind; but he had not complete freedom of ideas, because he was in an agony of embarrassment.
    Part Three (80% in)
  • This agony of embarrassment was due to the fact that the sister-in-law was sitting opposite to him, in a dress, specially put on, as he fancied, for his benefit, cut particularly open, in the shape of a trapeze, on her white bosom.
    Part Three (80% in)
  • I've been waiting in agony for an hour, two hours....
    Part Four (5% in)
  • If it is true that in the moment of agony and nearness to death she is genuinely penitent, and I, taking it for a trick, refuse to go?
    Part Four (69% in)
  • Ah, my God, what agony!
    Part Four (71% in)
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch's wrinkled face wore an expression of agony; he took her by the hand and tried to say something, but he could not utter it; his lower lip quivered, but he still went on struggling with his emotion, and only now and then glanced at her.
    Part Four (72% in)
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch took Vronsky's hands and drew them away from his face, which was awful with the expression of agony and shame upon it.
    Part Four (73% in)
  • Every face that, with such agony, such blunders and corrections had grown up within him with its special character, every face that had given him such torments and such raptures, and all these faces so many times transposed for the sake of the harmony of the whole, all the shades of color and tones that he had attained with such labor—all of this together seemed to him now, looking at it with their eyes, the merest vulgarity, something that had been done a thousand times over.
    Part Five (31% in)
  • He had forgotten all the agonies and the ecstasies he had lived through with that picture when for several months it had been the one thought haunting him day and night.
    Part Five (34% in)
  • Like a man half-awake in an agony of pain, he wanted to tear out, to fling away the aching place, and coming to his senses, he felt that the aching place was himself.
    Part Five (40% in)
  • To be in the sick-room was agony to him, not to be there still worse.
    Part Five (50% in)
  • Three more days of agony followed; the sick man was still in the same condition.
    Part Five (59% in)
  • There was no position in which he was not in pain, there was not a minute in which he was unconscious of it, not a limb, not a part of his body that did not ache and cause him agony.
    Part Five (59% in)
  • The sight of other people, their remarks, his own reminiscences, everything was for him a source of agony.
    Part Five (59% in)
  • Happily for Levin, the old princess cut short his agonies by getting up herself and advising Kitty to go to bed.
    Part Six (18% in)
  • But even at this point Levin could not escape another agony.
    Part Six (18% in)
  • For the first minute she had been offended at his jealousy; she was angry that the slightest amusement, even the most innocent, should be forbidden her; but now she would readily have sacrificed, not merely such trifles, but everything, for his peace of mind, to save him from the agony he was suffering.
    Part Six (19% in)
  • The birth, the agony, the hideous agonies, that last moment.... then the nursing, the sleepless nights, the fearful pains....
    Part Six (47% in)
  • The birth, the agony, the hideous agonies, that last moment.... then the nursing, the sleepless nights, the fearful pains....
    Part Six (47% in)
  • And to gain simply that—what agonies, what toil!
    Part Six (47% in)
  • He knows what agony any recollection of him must give her, and knowing her, he must have a letter from her.
    Part Six (65% in)
  • I can understand that it is agony to her.
    Part Six (65% in)
  • Such agony it was to him.
    Part Seven (42% in)
  • He saw her swollen face, sometimes bewildered and in agony, sometimes smiling and trying to reassure him.
    Part Seven (43% in)
  • Kitty was alive, her agony was over.
    Part Seven (47% in)

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