Or," said Estella, " - which is a nearer case - if you had taught her, from the dawn of her intelligence, with your utmost energy and might, that there was such a thing as daylight, but that it was made to be her enemy and destroyer, and she must always turn against it, for it had blighted
you and would else blight
her; - if you had done this, and then, for a purpose, had wanted her to take naturally to the daylight and she could not do it, you would have been disappointed and angry?
Tis thus, O boy, that Autumn comes, the cold Pitiless autumn of the wrack and mist, Autumn, the season of the cloudless sky, Autumn, of biting blasts, the time of blight
And desolation; following the chill Stir of disaster, with a shout it leaps Upon us.
O King of blight
and sorrow, send me not away till I have brought back the light and joy that will make your dark home bright and beautiful again.
One was a lady, graceful in form and fair of feature, though pale and troubled, and smitten with an untimely blight
in what should have been the fullest bloom of her years; the other was an ancient and meanly-dressed woman, of ill-favored aspect, and so withered, shrunken, and decrepit, that even the space since she began to decay must have exceeded the ordinary term of human existence.
fell upon all their faculties, because they were contending against the rights of their own native land.
Only a very few days more - appallingly few to the hearts which had set themselves bravely to hope against hope - three weeks, a month later, perhaps, the name of ships under the blight
of the "Overdue" heading shall appear again in the column of "Shipping Intelligence," but under the final declaration of "Missing.