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Tom meant to reverse this image, but love is proverbially desperate in its figures of speech, and any thing was better than appearing to hesitate.
She admired Tom for his exterior, but the admiration of no moderately sensible woman could overlook rodomontade so exceedingly desperate.
That 'yes' has been my bane and antidote," answered Tom, rallying for a new and still more desperate charge.
The strength of my passion is such, that I became desperate, and was resolved to try any expedient that I thought might lead to success.
I can only prevent her from taking some desperate step on her side -- some step by which she may forfeit the friendship and protection of the excellent people with whom she is now living -- by reminding her that if Mrs.
Wounded desperate, miss,' replied Giles, with indescribable complacency.
The mention of the thing he thought he perceived was involuntary on Sam's part at first, and his confused attempts to dissuade him he set down to a desperate lying on second thoughts, as being unwilling to implicate Liza.
It was a desperate leap--impossible to anything but madness and despair; and Haley, Sam, and Andy, instinctively cried out, and lifted up their hands, as she did it.
With wild cries and desperate energy she leaped to another and still another cake; stumbling--leaping--slipping-- springing upwards again
There were desperate lunges at these chosen spots seemingly every instant, and most of them were bandied like light toys between the contending forces.
There were two or three American men, in black coats, rather yellow and dry of skin: they were theological students; Philip heard the twang of their New England accent through their bad German, and he glanced at them with suspicion; for he had been taught to look upon Americans as wild and desperate barbarians.
At school there had been two or three girls of more boldness than modesty whom some of the boys knew; and desperate stories, due in all probability to the masculine imagination, were told of intrigues with them; but Philip had always concealed under a lofty contempt the terror with which they filled him.