blighted hope

See: pessimism
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Marilla was thinking of her whole past life, her cramped but not unhappy childhood, the jealously hidden dreams and the blighted hopes of her girlhood, the long, gray, narrow, monotonous years of dull middle life that followed.
No consciousness of self interposed between her and her filial service; then, as the weeks passed, little blighted hopes began to stir and ache in her breast; defeated ambitions raised their heads as if to sting her; unattainable delights teased her by their very nearness; by the narrow line of separation that lay between her and their realization.
As you see, this is only a rough copy of my last letter," said Benassis; "it is all that remains to me to-day of my blighted hopes.
William Guppy, eighty-seven, Penton Place, or if removed, or dead (of blighted hopes or anything of that sort), care of Mrs.
In the meantime, Worcesterites have responded to calls for a fancier bridge with the trademark cynicism and blighted hope that has seen us through projects ranging from the airport to the Common Outlets Mall.