poverty-stricken


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had the defect of tying the hands of the kings by compelling them to deliver the destinies of the nation into the control of the middle- aged men of the Chamber and the septuagenarians of the peerage; it robbed them of the right to lay hands on a man of statesmanlike talent wherever they could find him, no matter how young he was or how poverty-stricken his condition might be.
At any rate, with a great deal of strange, unordered learning and no degree, and with his fortune still to make, Samuel returned to his poverty-stricken home.
Babies come without any consideration for holidays, and there was one expected in a poverty-stricken household at Glen St.
Ralph would have walked into any poverty-stricken debtor's house, and pointed him out to a bailiff, though in attendance upon a young child's death-bed, without the smallest concern, because it would have been a matter quite in the ordinary course of business, and the man would have been an offender against his only code of morality.
The establishment of the basket-maker was an example set before these poverty-stricken folk that they might profit by it.
I could never tell from inspecting such a load whether it belonged to a so-called rich man or a poor one; the owner always seemed poverty-stricken.
There's only a little bit of the vineyard that isn't abandoned-- just enough to make wine for the present Italian lessees, who are running a poverty-stricken milk ranch on the leavings of the soil.
The money has been raised, in the absence of your wife's signature, by means of bills at three months--raised at a cost that makes my poverty-stricken foreign hair stand on end to think of it
Everybody who is at all acquainted with theatrical matters knows what a host of shabby, poverty-stricken men hang about the stage of a large establishment--not regularly engaged actors, but ballet people, procession men, tumblers, and so forth, who are taken on during the run of a pantomime, or an Easter piece, and are then discharged, until the production of some heavy spectacle occasions a new demand for their services.
It had a poverty-stricken appearance with its dusty yellow paper peeling off the walls, and it was so low-pitched that a man of more than average height was ill at ease in it and felt every moment that he would knock his head against the ceiling.
The free event includes various performers and stall-holders who will be drawing attention to issues including homelessness, benefit problems and projects to improve lives in poverty-stricken areas.
Memoirs'' follows the story of Sayuri (Zhang), one of two sisters from a poverty-stricken family sent to Kyoto to work as a servant in a geisha house.