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despair
used in Notes from the Underground

7 uses
  • But I must confess that after many efforts I began to despair: we simply could not run into each other.
    2.1 — Part 2 Chapter 1 (93% in)
  • I say, in earnest, that I should probably have been able to discover even in that a peculiar sort of enjoyment—the enjoyment, of course, of despair; but in despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one's position.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (75% in)
  • I say, in earnest, that I should probably have been able to discover even in that a peculiar sort of enjoyment—the enjoyment, of course, of despair; but in despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one's position.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (75% in)
  • But it is just in that cold, abominable half despair, half belief, in that conscious burying oneself alive for grief in the underworld for forty years, in that acutely recognised and yet partly doubtful hopelessness of one's position, in that hell of unsatisfied desires turned inward, in that fever of oscillations, of resolutions determined for ever and repented of again a minute later—that the savour of that strange enjoyment of which I have spoken lies.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (53% in)
  • With despair I pictured to myself how coldly and disdainfully that "scoundrel" Zverkov would meet me; with what dull-witted, invincible contempt the blockhead Trudolyubov would look at me; with what impudent rudeness the insect Ferfitchkin would snigger at me in order to curry favour with Zverkov; how completely Simonov would take it all in, and how he would despise me for the abjectness of my vanity and lack of spirit—and, worst of all, how paltry, UNLITERARY, commonplace it would...
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (89% in)
  • Never before had I witnessed such despair!
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (65% in)
  • This cruelty was so affected, so purposely made up, so completely a product of the brain, of books, that I could not even keep it up a minute—first I dashed away to avoid seeing her, and then in shame and despair rushed after Liza.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (37% in)

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