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wretched
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

43 uses
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Definition
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
  • Wretched—wretched that I am!
    Chapters 3-4 (34% in)
  • Wretched—wretched that I am!
    Chapters 3-4 (34% in)
  • ...would be compelled to own, were they here, that all true devotion was on our side, since we were content to follow the fortunes of a falling monarch, while they, on the contrary, made their fortune by worshipping the rising sun; yes, yes, they could not help admitting that the king, for whom we sacrificed rank, wealth, and station was truly our 'Louis the well-beloved,' while their wretched usurper his been, and ever will be, to them their evil genius, their 'Napoleon the accursed.'
    Chapters 5-6 (62% in)
  • Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, "a decree of Providence."
    Chapters 13-14 (34% in)
  • By the light of the wretched and wavering lamp, of which we have spoken, Dantes saw the old man, pale, but yet erect, clinging to the bedstead.
    Chapters 19-20 (22% in)
  • "And now, my dear friend," said Faria, "sole consolation of my wretched existence,—you whom heaven gave me somewhat late, but still gave me, a priceless gift, and for which I am most grateful,—at the moment of separating from you forever, I wish you all the happiness and all the prosperity you so well deserve.
    Chapters 19-20 (32% in)
  • Then boats filled with armed soldiers will pursue the wretched fugitive.
    Chapters 22-23 (24% in)
  • Then his eyes lighted up with hatred as he thought of the three men who had caused him so long and wretched a captivity.
    Chapters 22-23 (54% in)
  • Besides, it were better to die than to continue to lead this low and wretched life.
    Chapters 23-24 (26% in)
  • He died a more wretched, hopeless, heart-broken prisoner than the felons who pay the penalty of their crimes at the galleys of Toulon.
    Chapters 25-26 (64% in)
  • I only, as you see, have remained poor, wretched, and forgotten.
    Chapters 27-28 (59% in)
  • Franz now listened to it for the third time; yet its notes, so tenderly expressive and fearfully grand as the wretched husband and wife give vent to their different griefs and passions, thrilled through the soul of Franz with an effect equal to his first emotions upon hearing it.
    Chapters 33-34 (80% in)
  • Now, by way of having a resting-place during his excursions, avoiding the wretched cookery—which has been trying its best to poison me during the last four months, while you have manfully resisted its effects for as many years,—and obtaining a bed on which it is possible to slumber, Monte Cristo has furnished for himself a temporary abode where you first found him; but, to prevent the possibility of the Tuscan government taking a fancy to his enchanted palace, and thereby depriving him...
    Chapters 37-38 (90% in)
  • '—'Yes,' chimed in La Carconte, 'they will have a wretched night of it.'
    Chapters 45-46 (6% in)
  • The wretched man was sentenced to the galleys for life, and I was immediately set at liberty.
    Chapters 45-46 (28% in)
  • "My wretched curiosity has brought all this about," pursued the lady.
    Chapters 47-48 (33% in)
  • "Yes," answered Monte Cristo "happily, yes, conscience does remain; and if it did not, how wretched we should be!
    Chapters 51-52 (91% in)
  • "We were having a confidential conversation," returned Valentine; "she was owning to me her repugnance to the marriage with M. de Morcerf; and I, on the other hand, was confessing to her how wretched it made me to think of marrying M. d'Epinay."
    Chapters 57-58 (7% in)
  • And the wretched family departed, leaving a cloud of sadness hanging over the rest of the evening.
    Chapters 71-72 (52% in)
  • It was, indeed, Maximilian Morrel, who had passed a wretched existence since the previous day.
    Chapters 73-74 (0% in)
  • One morning my father sent for us; my mother had been crying all the night, and was very wretched; we found the pasha calm, but paler than usual.
    Chapters 77-78 (33% in)
  • "Come," said Caderousse, wiping his large knife on his apron, "if I did not like you, do you think I should endure the wretched life you lead me?
    Chapters 81-82 (20% in)
  • Yes; because instead of expecting two hundred wretched francs, you expect five or six thousand, perhaps ten, perhaps even twelve, for you take care not to let any one know the utmost.
    Chapters 81-82 (27% in)
  • When the wretched man again opened his eyes, the count looked at him with a mournful expression of pity, and his lips moved as if in prayer.
    Chapters 83-84 (4% in)
  • Then, wretched creature, then you tempted God a third time.
    Chapters 83-84 (30% in)
  • Reflect, then, wretched man, and repent.
    Chapters 83-84 (36% in)
  • I am the most wretched of men.
    Chapters 83-84 (91% in)
  • "Not at all; we have received with the information all the requisite proofs, and we are quite sure M. de Morcerf will not raise his voice against us; besides, it is rendering a service to one's country to denounce these wretched criminals who are unworthy of the honor bestowed on them."
    Chapters 85-86 (47% in)
  • While he was thus agitated by gloomy uncertainties,—wretched waking dreams of grief,—the first rays of morning pierced his windows, and shone upon the pale blue paper on which he had just inscribed his justification of providence.
    Chapters 89-90 (52% in)
  • "But it is the wretched"— "That man cannot injure me, Haidee," said Monte Cristo; "it was his son alone that there was cause to fear."
    Chapters 91-92 (63% in)
  • An indescribable ray of joy illumined that wretched countenance like the last ray of the sun before it disappears behind the clouds which bear the aspect, not of a downy couch, but of a tomb.
    Chapters 91-92 (70% in)
  • Four wretched fares, and twenty sous over, making in all seven francs, are all that I have earned, and I ought to take ten to the owner.
    Chapters 97-98 (40% in)
  • For the last month this wretched house had presented the gloomy appearance of a lazaretto infected with the plague.
    Chapters 99-100 (23% in)
  • Oh, the wretched hours I have endured—the torture to which I have submitted when I saw the deadly poison poured into your glass, and how I trembled lest you should drink it before I could find time to throw it away!
    Chapters 99-100 (89% in)
  • Come and watch by the dead, and all the wretched family will be grateful to you.
    Chapters 103-104 (43% in)
  • It is a wretched, damp, nay, even horrible spot, more especially when we consider the agonizing conferences which have taken place between those iron bars.
    Chapters 107-108 (5% in)
  • "I tell you that with that wretched sum," continued Andrea, "I could obtain a coat, and a room in which to receive the illustrious visitor I am daily expecting."
    Chapters 107-108 (13% in)
  • "I am, indeed, most wretched," replied Mercedes.
    Chapters 111-112 (76% in)
  • "Oh," replied the wretched woman, mournfully shaking her head, "the prosperity of which you speak, and which, from the bottom of my heart, I pray God in his mercy to grant him, I can never enjoy.
    Chapters 111-112 (78% in)
  • "Woe," he cried, "to those who confined me in that wretched prison; and woe to those who forgot that I was there!"
    Chapters 113-114 (40% in)
  • What can be more wretched than the man who has lost all he loved and desired in the world?
    Chapters 113-114 (45% in)
  • I did hope (man is a poor wretched creature), I did hope.
    Chapter 117 (29% in)
  • Yes, as you said, you are indeed wretched and a miracle alone can cure you.
    Chapter 117 (52% in)

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