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  • She is bereft of hope.
  • However, perhaps the answer lies not in a morally bereft man, but in the corrupted ideals of an entire faction.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Yes, I felt stunned and bereft for myself and especially for Jai, who couldn’t stop crying.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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  • And the Bishop too had said that men did not understand this riddle, why a young man so full of promise was cut off in his youth, why a woman was widowed and children were orphaned, why a country was bereft of one who might have served it greatly.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Generic, bereft of trees, with a sandbox that’s always full of animal feces; it is utterly un-Twainy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • So though I knew I shouldn’t complain, I was bereft.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I felt lacking, of course, bereft in the thought of my adopted daughter and her son simply staying behind in the store, as they must do at the end of every afternoon and with hardly a thought of missing anything or anyone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A leader bereft of followers.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She leaned against Dad, sounding bereft.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • I remember a particularly felicitous rhyme between ’flaky bereft’ and ’bakery theft.’
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest and bereft of their leaves.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • She had begun to sob like a bereft child.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I feel singled out, but also bereft.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Imagine such a soul, Madame, suddenly cast away in a strange land, bereft of friends and familiarity, without resources save what the new land can provide.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Sadly, the bridge is already under insurgent control due to questionable strategizing by my bereft cohort.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • His lonely daughter, bereft of her final hope and reliance, appealed to them both too strongly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • This appalling sight almost bereft me of my senses, and finding that I could no longer be of service to any one in the house, my only desire was to fly.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Alone, bereft of much of his strength and half mad with loss, Galbatorix wandered without hope in that desolate land, seeking death.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • To have to live without that single gift saddened him and left his imagination so bereft that he appeared dull even to the women who did not hate his mother.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Then she looked at Fantine, who turned toward her her head bereft of its hair.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So that, dear lords, if I be left behind, A moth of peace, and he go to the war, The rites for which I love him are bereft me, And I a heavy interim shall support By his dear absence.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • During, before and after the War he had seen Negroes so stunned, or hungry, or tired or bereft it was a wonder they recalled or said anything.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Now the night of my sorrow set in, the sun of my happiness went down, I felt my eyes bereft of sight, my mind of reason.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Vittoria knew there was logic somewhere in Kohler’s argument, but she also knew that logic, by definition, was bereft of moral responsibility.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • What would life profit me bereft of thee?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I forget in detail what they were, but I have a general recollection that he was to begin with reviving the Drama, and to end with crushing it; inasmuch as his decease would leave it utterly bereft and without a chance or hope.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A week after the wedding Charles left to join Colonel Wade Hampton, and two weeks later Ashley and the Troop departed, leaving the whole County bereft.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • For this affront they blinded him, bereft him of his god-given song, and stilled his harping.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "A snake," I whispered, bereft of voice and breath.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • …The fond hope to be Beloved, e’en by some poor graceless lady, Is, by this nose of mine for aye bereft me; —This lengthy nose which, go where’er I will, Pokes yet a quarter-mile ahead of me; But I may love—and who?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The squadron stood insensate, bereft of everything human but Doc Daneeka, who roosted dolorously like a shivering turkey buzzard beside the closed door of the medical tent, his stuffed nose jabbing away in thirsting futility at the hazy sunlight streaming down around him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The waiter came for the table; bereft of its presence Rosemary seemed more alone in her black pajamas.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • To whom thus Adam, of short joy bereft.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Though you survive alone, bereft of all companions, lost for years, under strange sail shall you come home, to find your own house filled with trouble: insolent men eating your livestock as they court your lady.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The astonishing, the bereft, bizarre, and homeless (for we could no longer live in a parsonage without a parson), tainted by darkest Africa and probably heathen, Orleanna and Adah, who have slunk back to town without their man, like a pair of rabid dalmations staggering home without their fire engine.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But as the Jew, looking back, waved his hand to intimate that he preferred being alone; and, moreover, as the little man could not very easily disengage himself from the chair; the sign of the Cripples was, for a time, bereft of the advantage of Mr. Lively’s presence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A woman mov’d is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty; And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed; and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • I know thee near, and though bereft of eyes, Thy voice I recognize.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Though a very social man, I think Mr. Bhaer would have gone decorously away, and come again another day, but how could he, when Jo shut the door behind him, and bereft him of his hat?
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I will not bow to such a one, last of a ragged house long bereft of lordship and dignity.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • But surely, Mr Stevens, there is no need to keep your room so stark and bereft of colour.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • If he were doomed to be bereft of her, so it must be.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It was terrible to see a young and beautiful woman—a girl in all but name—still standing almost at the threshold of her life, yet bereft of hope, bereft of illusions, bereft of all those golden and fantastic dreams, which should have made her youth one long, perpetual holiday.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • They would advance, and die, largely bereft of their nation’s good wishes or sympathy.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Thee of thy son, Alonso, They have bereft; and do pronounce, by me Lingering perdition,—worse than any death Can be at once,—shall step by step attend You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from— Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls Upon your heads,—is nothing but heart-sorrow, And a clear life ensuing.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Either she did not see Sam, or she avoided him for the moment as the bearer of the light’ and fixed all her intent upon one prey, upon Frodo, bereft of his Phial, running heedless up the path, unaware yet of his peril.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • And then Sir Bors was ware where came in an hideous lion; so Sir Bors dressed him unto the lion, and anon the lion bereft him his shield, and with his sword Sir Bors smote off the lion’s head.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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