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despair
used in The Brothers Karamazov

48 uses
  • There could be no more terrible despair, at least for a Russian criminal, for Russian criminals still have faith.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (53% in)
  • 'Holy father, that's no comfort,' cried the despairing marquis.
    Book 11 — Ivan (90% in)
  • Must one despair?
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (40% in)
  • Though, who knows, perhaps then a fearful thing would happen, perhaps the despairing heart of the criminal would lose its faith and then what would become of him?
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (53% in)
  • And so the criminal is no longer conscious of being a member of the Church and sinks into despair.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (54% in)
  • But the martyr likes sometimes to divert himself with his despair, as it were driven to it by despair itself.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (62% in)
  • But the martyr likes sometimes to divert himself with his despair, as it were driven to it by despair itself.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (62% in)
  • Meanwhile, in your despair, you, too, divert yourself with magazine articles, and discussions in society, though you don't believe your own arguments, and with an aching heart mock at them inwardly....
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (62% in)
  • Don't worry yourself to death with despair."
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (41% in)
  • Do you know the meaning of despair, Alexey?
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (42% in)
  • He sees my despair.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (44% in)
  • He felt something bordering upon despair, which he had never known till then.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (75% in)
  • He found her then in despair, in agony, deserted by the man she loved.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (85% in)
  • I've asked myself many times whether there is in the world any despair that would overcome this frantic and perhaps unseemly thirst for life in me, and I've come to the conclusion that there isn't, that is till I am thirty, and then I shall lose it of myself, I fancy.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (24% in)
  • And I shall not weep from despair, but simply because I shall be happy in my tears, I shall steep my soul in my emotion.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (24% in)
  • I've led the conversation to my despair, and the more stupidly I have presented it, the better for me."
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (33% in)
  • They will say this in despair, and their utterance will be a blasphemy which will make them more unhappy still, for man's nature cannot bear blasphemy, and in the end always avenges it on itself.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (63% in)
  • Strange to say, though one would have supposed there was nothing left for him but despair—for what chance had he, with nothing in the world, to raise such a sum?
    Book 8 — Mitya (5% in)
  • The idea suddenly dawned on his despairing mind.
    Book 8 — Mitya (11% in)
  • And in his despair he was on the point of attacking the sleeping man again, but stopped short at once, realizing the uselessness of his efforts.
    Book 8 — Mitya (16% in)
  • "What terrible tragedies real life contrives for people," said Mitya, in complete despair.
    Book 8 — Mitya (16% in)
  • With a gesture of despair Mitya agreed.
    Book 8 — Mitya (16% in)
  • He roused him with a sort of ferocity, pulled at him, pushed him, even beat him; but after five minutes of vain exertions, he returned to his bench in helpless despair, and sat down.
    Book 8 — Mitya (18% in)
  • "I assure you you're mistaken," cried Mitya, wringing his hands in despair.
    Book 8 — Mitya (19% in)
  • What despair!
    Book 8 — Mitya (20% in)
  • I have come in despair .... in the last gasp of despair, to beg you to lend me the sum of three thousand, a loan, but on safe, most safe security, madam, with the most trustworthy guarantees!
    Book 8 — Mitya (28% in)
  • I have come in despair .... in the last gasp of despair, to beg you to lend me the sum of three thousand, a loan, but on safe, most safe security, madam, with the most trustworthy guarantees!
    Book 8 — Mitya (28% in)
  • He felt that miserably, and the thought of it sank into his heart with despair.
    Book 8 — Mitya (59% in)
  • "You do that, panie," said Mitya, recognizing with despair that all was over, "because you hope to make more out of Grushenka?
    Book 8 — Mitya (82% in)
  • At last, when he described his despair and told them how, when he left Madame Hohlakov's, he thought that he'd "get three thousand if he had to murder some one to do it," they stopped him again and noted down that he had "meant to murder some one."
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (38% in)
  • In despair he hid his face in his hands.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (76% in)
  • His face now expressed complete, hopeless despair, and he sat mute and passive as though hardly conscious of what was happening.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (80% in)
  • What can men be after this?" he exclaimed incoherently, in bitter despondency, almost despair.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (**% in)
  • But alas! he grew very slowly, and this sometimes reduced him almost to despair.
    Book 10 — The Boys (37% in)
  • "Your Excellency, your Excellency .... is it possible?" he began, but could not go on and clasped his hands in despair.
    Book 10 — The Boys (94% in)
  • Such distrustfulness in Mitya, such lack of confidence even to him, to Alyosha—all this suddenly opened before Alyosha an unsuspected depth of hopeless grief and despair in the soul of his unhappy brother.
    Book 11 — Ivan (38% in)
  • Ivan exclaimed almost in despair.
    Book 11 — Ivan (83% in)
  • In despair I wrote to Count Mattei in Milan.
    Book 11 — Ivan (84% in)
  • He sank back on his seat, wringing his hands in despair.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (34% in)
  • He seems to me to have betrayed unconsciously, and so early, that timid despair which leads so many in our unhappy society, who dread cynicism and its corrupting influences, and mistakenly attribute all the mischief to European enlightenment, to return to their 'native soil,' as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the...
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (42% in)
  • Here I must mention that Smerdyakov, oppressed by terror and despair of a sort, had felt during those last few days that one of the fits from which he had suffered before at moments of strain, might be coming upon him again.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (53% in)
  • Here we see in excess a love of effect, a romantic despair and sentimentality, and the wild recklessness of the Karamazovs.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (61% in)
  • What's more, justice and punishment on earth positively alleviate the punishment of nature and are, indeed, essential to the soul of the criminal at such moments, as its salvation from despair.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (62% in)
  • These two questions became so acute that they drove him at last to despair.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (79% in)
  • But, excuse me, conscience implies penitence, and the suicide may not have felt penitence, but only despair.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • Despair and penitence are two very different things.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • Despair may be vindictive and irreconcilable, and the suicide, laying his hands on himself, may well have felt redoubled hatred for those whom he had envied all his life.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (86% in)
  • At last the captain made a gesture of despair as though to say, "Take him where you will."
    Epilogue (67% in)

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