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wretched
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

23 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."
  • On the other hand, there was a wretched fellow, preparing with celandine and beef's blood, his "leg of God," for the next day.
    1.2.6 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 6 — The Broken Jug (38% in)
  • The beggar turned round; there was surprise, recognition, a lighting up of the two countenances, and so forth; then, without paying the slightest heed in the world to the spectators, the hosier and the wretched being began to converse in a low tone, holding each other's hands, in the meantime, while the rags of Clopin Trouillefou, spread out upon the cloth of gold of the dais, produced the effect of a caterpillar on an orange.
    1.1.4 — Vol 1 Bk 1 Chpt 4 — Master Jacques Coppenole (29% in)
  • On drawing near, he perceived that it was nothing else than a wretched legless cripple in a bowl, who was hopping along on his two hands like a wounded field-spider which has but two legs left.
    1.2.6 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 6 — The Broken Jug (9% in)
  • "~Hombre, quita tu sombrero~!" said one of the three knaves, in whose grasp he was, and, before he had comprehended the meaning, the other had snatched his hat—a wretched headgear, it is true, but still good on a sunny day or when there was but little rain.
    1.2.6 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 6 — The Broken Jug (44% in)
  • Dame Aloise de Gondelaurier, a rich and noble woman, who held by the hand a pretty girl about five or six years of age, and dragged a long veil about, suspended to the golden horn of her headdress, halted as she passed the wooden bed, and gazed for a moment at the wretched creature, while her charming little daughter, Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier, spelled out with her tiny, pretty finger, the permanent inscription attached to the wooden bed: "Foundlings."
    1.4.1 — Vol 1 Bk 4 Chpt 1 — Good Souls (62% in)
  • The wretched being's misery became as incurable and as complete as his deformity.
    1.4.3 — Vol 1 Bk 4 Chpt 3 — Immanis Pecoris Custos, Immanior Ipse (29% in)
  • Here is the Mazarin architecture, the wretched Italian pasticcio of the Four Nations.
    1.5.2 — Vol 1 Bk 5 Chpt 2 — This Will Kill That (77% in)
  • Paquette had never been willing to part with it, wretched as she had been.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (63% in)
  • Their heads intercepted the feeble light in the cell, without the wretched being whom they thus deprived of it seeming to pay any attention to them.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (82% in)
  • They were forced to content themselves with those four stretches of rubble work, backed with sandstone, and a wretched stone gibbet, meagre and bare, on one side.
    1.6.4 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 4 — A Tear for a Drop of Water (12% in)
  • Then the wretched man, unable to break his collar, like that of a chained wild beast, became tranquil once more; only at intervals a sigh of rage heaved the hollows of his chest.
    1.6.4 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 4 — A Tear for a Drop of Water (66% in)
  • It must also be stated that if a charitable soul of a bourgeois or ~bourgeoise~, in the rabble, had attempted to carry a glass of water to that wretched creature in torment, there reigned around the infamous steps of the pillory such a prejudice of shame and ignominy, that it would have sufficed to repulse the good Samaritan.
    1.6.4 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 4 — A Tear for a Drop of Water (81% in)
  • I do not know, by the way be it said, whether it be not the same, the interior of which can be seen to-day through a little square window, opening to the east at the height of a man above the platform from which the towers spring; a bare and dilapidated den, whose badly plastered walls are ornamented here and there, at the present day, with some wretched yellow engravings representing the facades of cathedrals.
    2.7.2 — Vol 2 Bk 7 Chpt 2 — A Priest and a Philosopher are.... (4% in)
  • ...copies of whom, all dog's-eared, I behold scattered on the floor, what profits it me to know, better than any governor of the mint, or any Jew on the Pont aux Changeurs, that a golden crown stamped with a crown is worth thirty-five unzains of twenty-five sous, and eight deniers parisis apiece, and that a crown stamped with a crescent is worth thirty-six unzains of twenty-six sous, six deniers tournois apiece, if I have not a single wretched black liard to risk on the double-six!
    2.7.4 — Vol 2 Bk 7 Chpt 4 — ANARKH (4% in)
  • "Hence," continued the priest, "one wretched thought is sufficient to render a man weak and beside himself!
    2.7.4 — Vol 2 Bk 7 Chpt 4 — ANARKH (49% in)
  • Ah bah! a wretched cap of a Montaigu!
    2.7.4 — Vol 2 Bk 7 Chpt 4 — ANARKH (67% in)
  • "All!" cried the wretched girl.
    2.8.2 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 2 — Continuation of the Crown.... (75% in)
  • Look fair cousin, 'tis that wretched Bohemian with the goat.
    2.8.6 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 6 — Three Human Hearts Differently.... (51% in)
  • At that moment the wretched archdeacon raised his head mechanically and beheld at the other end of the Place, in the balcony of the Gondelaurier mansion, the captain standing beside Fleur-de-Lys.
    2.8.6 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 6 — Three Human Hearts Differently.... (72% in)
  • There lay in the accents of the wretched man so profound a consciousness of his misery, that she had not the strength to say a word.
    2.9.3 — Vol 2 Bk 9 Chpt 3 — Deaf (56% in)
  • The beautiful candle is extinguished and I have henceforth, only a wretched tallow dip which smokes in my nose.
    2.10.2 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 2 — Turn Vagabond (52% in)
  • The wretched woman began to laugh in her wild way.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (83% in)
  • Oh! the hangman lackeys! the wretched, blackguard assassins!
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (86% in)

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