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If I were to call him a spiteful cat he would only not believe me.
Their occupation consisted in helping those in misfortune, and they were as gentle and benevolent as Lagree had been cruel and spiteful.
Why Love should like a spiteful foe Thus use him, he hath no idea, But hogsheads full- this doth he know- Don Quixote's tears are on the flow, And all for distant Dulcinea Del Toboso.
I was lying when I said just now that I was a spiteful official.
With the courageous words of the artillery and the spiteful sentences of the musketry mingled red cheers.
But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the good-natured wishes for her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton lost but a little of their spirit in this change of circumstances, because with such an husband her misery was considered certain.
I speak of that spiteful and intriguing Italian -- of the pedant who has tried to put on his own head a crown which he stole from under a pillow -- of the scoundrel who calls his party the party of the king -- who wants to send the princes of the blood to prison, not daring to kill them, as our great cardinal -- our cardinal did -- of the miser, who weighs his gold pieces and keeps the clipped ones for fear, though he is rich, of losing them at play next morning -- of the impudent fellow who insults the queen, as they say -- so much the worse for her -- and who is going in three months to make war upon us, in order that he may retain his pensions; is that the master whom you propose to me?
Some cling to you in woebegone misery; others come back fiercely and weirdly, like ghouls bent upon sucking your strength away; others, again, have a catastrophic splendour; some are unvenerated recollections, as of spiteful wild-cats clawing at your agonized vitals; others are severe, like a visitation; and one or two rise up draped and mysterious, with an aspect of ominous menace.
And, instead of being pleased with the compliment, the spiteful little thing has gone away in a huff
Then of course you rush and tell her, and she takes care to make it pleasant for the poor spiteful wretch the first time he calls.
It was a serious thing to be in the power of this spiteful old busybody.
He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog; and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring, and let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights.