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He could not promise to shield her from the dreaded wretchedness, for he could see no sure means of doing so.
And now was I indeed wretched beyond the wretchedness of mere Humanity.
At a distance, unassailed by his looks or his kindness, and safe from the perpetual irritation of knowing his heart, and striving to avoid his confidence, she should be able to reason herself into a properer state; she should be able to think of him as in London, and arranging everything there, without wretchedness.
though going as she did willingly and eagerly, the last evening at Mansfield Park must still be wretchedness.
Cudgeling my brains for an answer to this question, I fell at last into reasoning upon it, by a process of natural logic, something after this fashion: The mysterious top of the house is connected with the doctor, and the doctor is connected with the obstacle which has made wretchedness between Alicia and me.
Did I falter in my resolution to marry her, now that I had discovered what the obstacle was which had made mystery and wretchedness between us?
Before, I had only imagined the wretchedness of my desolated home; the reality came on me as a new, and a not less terrible, disaster.
To watch Labastilla in the role is not only to witness the wretched life unfold, but more importantly, to somehow understand its wretchedness, how it persists through the years.
God came so near that God saw the utter wretchedness of humanity and met the entire cost to heal and restore.
And the universality of social-media ugliness suggests it's less the PTI and more the medium that has unleashed wretchedness globally.
Or maybe it is neither of the two - they are neither losing the war nor winning it - but let us assume that driven by a genuine desire to save their countrymen from further wretchedness they have decided to establish enduring peace in Afghanistan through negotiations.
Maybe it wasn't our excellence but the wretchedness of the opposition.