embarrassed circumstances

See: poverty
References in classic literature ?
"I have already recognized you as a lady in embarrassed circumstances, who has peculiar claims on my consideration and forbearance.
I am in the habit of assisting ladies in embarrassed circumstances, and nobody knows of it but my steward--who keeps the accounts--and myself.
He has the faded appearance of a gentleman in embarrassed circumstances; even his light whiskers droop with something of a shabby air.