poignant


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A quiet sadness pervaded Meriem when she thought of him; but the poignant grief of her loss when it was young no longer goaded her to desperation.
And there, as they slowly paced the gradual ascent, heedless of every group around them, seeing neither sauntering politicians, bustling housekeepers, flirting girls, nor nursery-maids and children, they could indulge in those retrospections and acknowledgements, and especially in those explanations of what had directly preceded the present moment, which were so poignant and so ceaseless in interest.
With feelings so poignant as mine, the conviction of having divided the son from his parents would make me, even with you, the most miserable of beings.
He had almost forgotten that disappointment, had never understood until this moment what a misfortune it had been, and here he was being gripped by a more poignant sense of loss than he had ever before felt, even when he had lost his mother.
Everything she looked at, everything she remembered or thought of, became laden with poignant memory.
Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward through every fiber of his body and limbs.
Such tastes and acquirements in a man of his condition made the contrast more poignant between his outer situation and his inner needs, and I hoped that the chance of giving expression to the latter might at least unseal his lips.
The idea that he could ever, in his senses, have dreamed of marrying the Countess Olenska had become almost unthinkable, and she remained in his memory simply as the most plaintive and poignant of a line of ghosts.
With the stoicism of the green Martian he showed no sign of suffering, yet I knew that his grief was as poignant as my own.
The dirty little place, with the dormer window in each of its four sloping sides, became a gallery hung with poignant pictures of the past.
The unhappy creature, at the moment of mounting once again the fatal cart, and proceeding to her last halting-place, was seized, possibly, with some poignant clinging to life.
Friend parted from friend, the son from his mother, and the restraint made the survivor's grief more poignant.