Phrases with "bitterness"

John Galsworthy Then, like all who love, he perceived the bitterness of his fate. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Caroline Lamb The duke was calm; but Lord Avondale felt with bitterness his injury and his loss. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

James Joyce The bitterness might be from the father but the passages with Ophelia are surely from the son. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope It took away all the bitterness of the rebuke, and made the subject one on which even he might have spoken without difficulty. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Does the man live who could have taken leave of her calmly, in my place? She tore herself away from me, with a sigh of bitterness that was dreadful to hear. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing He had been wont to begin his address with short, stinging periods, with sneers and such bitterness of irony as came within his compass. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells If only I had even as little as fifty pounds I might hold out in London and take my B.Sc. degree, and quadruple my chances! My bitterness against my uncle returned at the thought. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

If half the bitterness and sorrow in my heart went into that smile, it must have been a sad and bitter one indeed. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson While she stood thus, a world of bitterness in her young heart, a hand was laid on hers, and a kind voice said: Mary Christina . Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

I’m afraid I was not free from bitterness myself on that subject. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The bitterness of his punishment was in its chill and mean atmosphere. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Gissing My bitterness comes of the disappointment. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Louisa May Alcott But in spite of the comical red imps, sparkling elves, and the gorgeous princes and princesses, Jo’s pleasure had a drop of bitterness in it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

E. F. Benson The bitterness of it could not be suppressed. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Her eyes flashed when she recognized one against whom she now harbored a bitterness on quite a different plane of feeling from her former repulsion. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

What bitterness her mind distilled should and would be poured on her own head. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing The bitterness of his situation lay in the fact that he had wedded a woman who irresistibly proved to him her claims as a human being. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope In this spirit we Americans and Englishmen go on writing books about each other, sometimes with bitterness enough, but generally with good final results. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The bishop was very anxious to be gracious and, if possible, to diminish the bitterness which his chaplain had occasioned. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

How correct he was! But bitterness against me peeped out of every second phrase. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Gissing And so he held his peace, though it cost him bitterness of heart and even secret tears. Humplebee by George Gissing

When he criticised Elfrida, Janet fancied it was to hear her warm defence, which grew oddly reckless in her anxiety to hide the bitterness that tinged it. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

W. H. Hudson Possibly also, the memory of his savage spouse who had loved him many years would add some bitterness to his strange isolated life. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

E. F. Benson So the sense of desolation and bitterness took possession of me. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

G. K. Chesterton They complain of the sweet things because they are so sophisticated as to like sour things; their tongues are tainted with the bitterness of absinthe. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

It chanced, too, that a wave of moral intolerance was sweeping through London, one of those waves in which the bitterness of the consciously just finds an ally in the panic of the undiscovered. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Meredith He could assure me most earnestly that I should do no good by knocking at this prince’s doors, and have nothing but bitterness if I did in the end discover my father. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

James Payn He was still consumed with bitterness and anger, and the desire of vengeance. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Anthony Trollope The Republic had already shown the bitterness of their malice towards those who opposed them, and de Lescure knew what mercy it would shew to those of his party who fell into its power. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore And the waters of affliction had not turned to bitterness in her soul. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry James And yet, with her, Rowland never felt, as with Mrs. Hudson, that undercurrent of reproach and bitterness toward himself, that impertinent implication that he had defrauded her of happiness. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

In her own household she was pursued by bitterness and vexation of spirit. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Oscar Wilde When we hear the voice of his agony we are glad, and Virgil praises us for the bitterness of our scorn. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Charles Dickens I dare not bring falsehood to your fireside, and the bitterness of death to your heart. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing The bitterness of his lot was that this world might be a sufficing paradise to him if only he could clutch a poor little share of current coin. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Fleeing she cared not whither, she came at length into a still corner of the park, and there, hidden amid trees, watched only by birds and rabbits, she wept out the bitterness of her soul. A Daughter of the Lodge by George Gissing

But behind you, I see a worse fellow; a gloomy fanatic; a religious sycophant that seeks to propitiate his circle by bitterness against the offences that are most unlike his own. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Cannot you see that even if I yielded, even if I gave way to these sweet prayers of yours, it would be for a very short time? The bitterness of this thing has eaten its way into my heart. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Wilkie Collins Here was the consoling purpose which robbed affliction of half its bitterness already, and bound him and his art together by a bond more sacred than any that had united them before. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry Handel Richardson She became a rebel, wrapping herself round in the cloak of bitterness which the outcasts of fortune wear, feeding on her hate of those within the pale. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

How good you are, Olivia!” “Good!” She echoed the word in the very bitterness of a scorn that could not be repressed. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I have come of age, I have entered into my inheritance of the world’s bitterness with the rest. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

She was a decent soul, with no bitterness against anybody, not even the Russians if they would spare her man. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It would have been the one last drop of bitterness in Marmaduke Lovel’s cup to know that this man did pity him. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

William Morris For by all this she deemeth to lower thy pride and abate thy valour, and to make every moment of today a terror to thy flesh and thy soul, so that thereby thou mayest thole the bitterness twice over. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

He looked like an exiled prince doing menial service in bitterness of spirit and a turned-down collar. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

This alone might furnish just cause for bitterness against the fate that chained him. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not her words only, but the bitterness with which she hissed them out. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Walter Scott Farewell — Alice, farewell! Much might be added to that melancholy word, but nothing that could express the bitterness with which it is written. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Wilkie Collins My bitterness overflowed at my tongue. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle Perhaps those officers and sailors who scowled at the little Iota that May morning have by this time done me justice when the first bitterness of undeserved defeat was passed. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Gissing And her very bitterness was an outcome of her affection; it soothed her to rail at her son after so long a silence. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson And certainly, as a man who believes that he loves freedom, I may be excused some bitterness when I find her sacred name misused in the contention. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no personal feeling or bitterness as there might be now in a war between Frenchmen and Germans. On the contrary, the opponents were very softspoken and polite to each other. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

William Henry Hudson To this sequestered spot I had come to indulge my resentful feelings; for here I could speak out my bitterness aloud, if I felt so minded, where there were no witnesses to hear me. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

George Eliot There was a spring of bitterness mingling with that fountain of sweets. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

With bitterness of spirit he recognized once again his state of beggary, and the hopelessness that attended on all his wishes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

She who now had always fainted so easily, why did she not faint now? Because she was tasting the bitterness of death. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Beauty is disgraced, love is unlovely, when truth, the half part of heaven, is denied, as much as when a bitterness in men of talent leads to satire and destroys the judgment. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Virginia Woolf Anyhow there was no bitterness in her; none of that sense of moral virtue which is so repulsive in good women. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

The bitterness of defeat was enough to the haughty islanders who had to suffer. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

For a few years his dramas breathe the darkness and bitterness of a heart which has been sounding the depths of sad experience. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Edgar Allan Poe I wedded; — nor dreaded the curse I had invoked; and its bitterness was not visited upon me. Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe [1841]

George Gissing Only now the bitterness of separation seemed to be tasted to the full. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson No man but myself knew all my bitterness in those days. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

But Bruno, as we are sons of one sainted mother, my heart is free of every taint of bitterness against you or the boy. Signa by Ouida

Virginia Woolf That she said because of Charles, she thought, feeling the bitterness in her tone — her brother, a nice dull boy who had been killed. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

That his heart was aching, aching with a bitterness which can never be pictured except by those who have felt it; that Jane’s heart was aching as she listened, was all too evident. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

Anthony Trollope But yet I cannot say that their bitterness against Englishmen has been justified, or that their tone toward England has been dignified. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot What can you give me? You have made the world bitterness to me; but there is on draught of sweetness left — that you shall know agony. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

They made acquaintance that hour with Death. Ay, Death itself has no bitterness that forlorn cluster did not feel: only the insensibility that ends that bitterness was wanting. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells Moreover, as time went on Lewisham found himself more and more in sympathy with Chaffery’s bitterness against those who order the world. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

To have outlived every affection and every pleasure is the chief bitterness of old age; and this bitterness Horatio Paget suffered in all its fulness, though his years were but fifty-two. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thou wilt go seeking through the world, and find all hearts closed against thee and their sweet affections turned to bitterness for my sake. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Say, madame, have I ever done so? — say, madame, am I the cause of bitterness and contumacy? Ah, mon Dieu! c’est trop — it is too much, madame. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope To complain with all the bitterness of his heart of the cruelty with which he was treated was in his. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing The bitterness of her growing disillusion allowed her to think and speak as if no ardent feeling were concerned. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton It must have welled up from some depth of bitterness she had long thought dry. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

There had been something like two lives in her own single life,-the gracious passionate life of beauty and delight, and the hard angry life of bitterness and hate. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry James This broke from me, after an instant, doubtless, with a bitterness not to be mistaken. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Like one of the men in his “Open Boat,” one felt that he was of those whom fate seldom allows to make a safe landing after much toil and bitterness at the oar. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

H. G. Wells Daffy was unresponsive, with a touch of bitterness under her tongue. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson Most men, when they repent, oblige their friends to share the bitterness of that repentance. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had tasted the last bitterness of degradation. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

I thought with bitterness of the satisfaction which had filled me in the morning. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. Rider Haggard Leonard’s bitterness of mind forsook him now, and he kissed her and comforted her as he might best, even going so far as to mingle his tears with hers, tears of which he had no cause to be ashamed. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith The bitterness is, you are such a mindless people—I do but quote to explain my Professor’s ideas. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Radclyffe Hall But Joan could not cry; her heart was full of bitterness and resentment. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing It leaves, no doubt, no bitterness of any kind. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson The fire had gone out, and the bitterness of the frost had frozen the surface of the glass of water he had poured out, and he broke the crust of ice on it and drank. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Caroline Lamb She smiled, but it was to conceal the bitterness of her heart. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Its publication seemed to infuse additional bitterness into the feelings of Leibnitz, who descended to unfounded charges and empty threats. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

James Joyce He remembered with bitterness that scene of tawdry tribute. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry James But an immeasurable load of misery seemed to sit upon her soul; she ached with the bitterness of her melancholy, she was dumb and cold with despair. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

A sect of Protestants, now extinct, who came from Europe in the beginning of the last century and were distinguished for the bitterness of their internal controversies and dissensions. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Sir Walter Scott I speak in bitterness of heart, from what I remember of your worthy father; and if his son hears of his degeneracy from no one else, he shall hear it from the old goldsmith. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

D. H. Lawrence He felt the inevitable coldness, and in bitterness forgot the fire. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson There was only bitterness to look back on, and a blank to look forward to. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Caroline Lamb Uncle, I cannot but feel with bitterness the zeal that some have shewn against her. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

What’s going on here, I thought, and then I remembered something else Waller had said once — stung probably to bitterness by the loss of some good half-crown. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Wolfe She said: “This bitter little man — this man whose name it means ‘the holy one’— he is so full of bitterness — he hates me. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

W. H. Hudson Here are no politics under this old Ombú, no ambitions and intrigues and animosities — no bitterness except in these green leaves. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Margaret Oliphant The bitterness of the confession he dared not make seemed to stifle his voice and every hope. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli Yet vengeance might even slightly redeem the bitterness of despair. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

He tasted on them the bitterness of a tear fallen there. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Theodore Dreiser No strain of bitterness was in it for her, whatever he knew. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope The bitterness of Clodius would be surprising did we not know how bitter had been Cicero’s tongue. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Joseph Furphy Still, through mere bitterness and obstinacy he followed the course he had adopted; meeting with a run of success that surprised himself. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Theodore Dreiser It was at the opening of the joyous Christmas-time that the bitterness of their poverty affected them most. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was an undernote of bitterness which crept out now and then. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Meredith The bitterness of the separation to come between them prophesied a tragedy. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Half-bitter! Is that wrong? No; it should be bitter: bitterness is strength — it is a tonic. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The conversation had been desultory at first, but in its course Hildyard had answered many questions about many people, and he had listened to a good deal of pent-up bitterness of spirit. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope And as her tyranny increased so did the bitterness of the moments of her repentance increase, in that she knew herself to be a tyrant — till that bitterness killed her. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She realized solitude—yet perhaps the bitterness of it had never presented itself to her with such terrible poignancy as at that moment. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Wilkie Collins Keeping her hand on Louisa’s shoulder, Magdalen seated herself again, and looked with unutterable bitterness of sorrow into the dying fire. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope That was a bitter passage of arms the other day, wasn’t it? I am fond of bitterness in debate myself, but I do regret the roughness of the House of Commons. I must confess that I do. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was the bitterness of death in what, by a mere trick of chance, came about. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Hardy Obviously it was hotly made in his first bitterness at what he had heard. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Frances Hodgson Burnett As American wealth and sympathy poured in where need was most dire, bitterness became silent through sheer discretion’s sake, when for no more honest reason. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Morley One year he marks with word of bitterness snow falling thick in the middle of May. Four feet of snow in the courtyard constituted a normal winter state. Voltaire by John Morley

Often, she could scarcely forbear expressing the bitterness of her feelings, and indulging in acrimonious remarks on the deceits of life, and the inanity of all things. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence Yet as she went, her mind discarded the bitterness of the reality, and she conjured up rapture and wonder, that the Master was risen and was not dead. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Caroline Lamb But reproaches and bitterness saddened over every dear remembrance, and he participated, when too late, in the sufferings he had inflicted. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Caroline Lamb There is no bitterness of heart like that which comes from thankless children. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Jack London This bitterness which lingered persistently in the mouth after the skilly had passed on, I found especially repulsive. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Sir John’s spirits had hardly recovered from the bitterness of disappointed affection when he came back to the old home, though his chagrin was seven years old. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins The bitterness of those days hid itself from view at the time — and shall keep its concealment still. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

In that moment half the bitterness of his doom passed from him; he had at least her faith. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson His bitterness was aimed at himself. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy She only did not hate him, because she could not help remembering that his bitterness towards Wilfrid had been due to his queer appreciation of herself. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe By slow degrees, these feelings of disgust and annoyance rose into the bitterness of hatred. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope But a more wretched man than he was after the first week of bitterness could hardly be found. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Her father was not well, and she felt that having him to think about ‘took her thoughts off other matters, which have become complete bitterness and ashes. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The bitterness of this thing seemed somehow suspended. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

All these told me that the bitterness of death had passed away. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Virginia Woolf His bitterness took possession of him, and as he sat in the corner of the underground carriage, he looked as stark an image of unapproachable severity as could be imagined. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Margaret Oliphant His heart was bursting with wild throbs of bitterness and despair; it was all he could do to keep the tumult down, and contain himself in that flush of passion. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Henry James Even in the utmost bitterness that she might feel, it would give her no satisfaction to think him less complete. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

D. H. Lawrence Her face was small, very ruddy, and comely, save for the look of bitterness and aloofness that it wore. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Since her return Violet had carefully avoided the well-known spot; but to-day, out of the very bitterness of her heart, came a desire to renew past associations. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ford Madox Ford But the visit of Lady Macmaster had certainly revived her bitterness as it had suggested to her new schemes of making herself a nuisance to the household below her. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

D.H. Lawrence There is nothing charming nor winning about them; at the best a full, prolific maternity, at the worst a yellow poisonous bitterness of the flesh that is like a narcotic. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Jack London Subienkow had travelled a long trail of bitterness and horror, homing like a dove for the capitals of Europe, and here, farther away than ever, in Russian America, the trail ceased. Lost Face by Jack London

Gustave Flauber Every morning when she awoke, she saw him in the dim light of dawn and recalled bygone days and the smallest details of insignificant actions, without any sense of bitterness or grief. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

The first sharp bitterness of her loss was over. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jack London No anger nor bitterness possessed him. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D. H. Lawrence Her bitterness came surging up. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

She had lived with him; she had tasted the bitterness of dependence upon him — ten times more bitter than dependence on strangers. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Victor Hugo Draw a glassful from the storm, and it is but a cup of bitterness — a mouthful is nausea, a waveful is extermination. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Roused at last from a lethargy which had begun to numb the bitterness of his thoughts, he raised his head and looked about. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Conan Doyle She felt no bitterness against him now — on the contrary, she could afford to laugh at his peculiarities. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

James Hogg If ever I shed tears through perfect bitterness of spirit it was at that time, but I hope it was more for the ignorance and folly of my countrymen than the overthrow of my own hopes. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Thomas Wolfe Then he sighed deeply, and his bitterness dropped away. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Caroline Lamb Such as it was, however, it flattered and it pleased; it gave a new interest to life, and obliterated from her memory every long cherished feeling of bitterness or regret. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope As to all that he had made no calculation; but the bitterness was there for him, and he could have done nothing that would have expelled it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford And it seemed to her that all the bitterness of her childhood, the terrors of her tempestuous father, the bewailings of her cruel-tongued mother were suddenly atoned for. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Eliot It was Messer Francesco Valori’s bitterness and violence which chiefly determined the course of things in the council to-day. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

That drop of poison was happily wanting in his cup; and the bitterness of death was sweet compared to the scorpion-sting of such a supposition. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

M. P. Shiel There’s something in mere blackness without one ray, in ravines without bottom, in bitterness so bitter that it churns to cud in the chewing. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Henry James The bitterness touched her, and she cried out: “You’re mistaken! I don’t. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

D. H. Lawrence She never knew the fierce bitterness with which he resented insult. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Ivan Turgenev I well understand all the bitterness of it; your position one may really call tragic. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Anna Katherine Green But his face was kindly, and his whole aspect that of one who takes the ills of life without bitterness or complaint. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Eliot For Bertha too, after her kind, felt the bitterness of disillusion. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Her own condition did not inspire her with any fears, and the anxiety that she experienced for her unborn child was untinctured by bitterness or despair. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Benjamin Disraeli Sweetest of friends, you have removed in a moment the bitterness of years. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

George Eliot Giovan Battista Ridolfi, a disciple of Savonarola, who was going in bitterness to behold the death of his elder brother Niccolo, had promised that she should be guarded, and now stood by her side. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

E. F. Benson Of course she is now very angry, and I know her bitterness will not be short-lived—but it cannot be helped. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Excuse me; you will be angry that I speak thus of my father, but I know that he speaks of the poor girl he has deluded, with a bitterness and insult, which prove what his views were in marrying her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

And what are you here for?” I asked point blank and with a bitterness she disregarded. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Gissing Growing calmer, she spoke almost with bitterness of her mother’s folly. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Then came the return of her testimonials from Gillingham. She was not wanted, neither at Swanwick. The bitterness of rejection followed the sweets of hope. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith The bitterness of her situation stung her tenfold when she considered that she dared not. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

His bitterness was to some extent excusable, for he was exploited much during his lifetime, and had, even to the end, to bend his neck to the yoke. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Wilkie Collins In justice to Mr. Farnaby — ah, how I hate him!” She spoke those last vehement words to herself, but with such intense bitterness of contempt that the tones were quite loud enough to be heard. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The bitterness of her tone startled and alarmed him; but Mary never lifted her eyes. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing With the secret tears he shed, there mingled a bitterness at being unable to show respect to his father’s memory in such small matters. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Algernon Blackwood Knowing himself outcast, an unwelcome deadhead at the play, he had yet felt no bitterness against the parents whose fierce illicit passion had deprived him of an honourable seat. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

When we died there was no lasting unbreakable quiet about us, and the bitterness of the battles we brought into Ireland turned to our own punishment. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Willa Cather The three friends were thinking about the same thing; and yet, if by some sorcery each had begun to speak his thoughts aloud, amazement and bitterness would have fallen upon all. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

H. Rider Haggard I fancy it is just the wide seas and the breath of God’s winds that wash their hearts and blow the bitterness out of their minds and make them what men ought to be. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Such cordiality gave Philip a pang; and in bitterness of spirit he walked back to the barracks. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

It howled scorn at him for an irresolute, doubting fool, and wailed sorrowfully about the house in a long prophecy of bitterness and lifelong regret. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing The religion of my childhood was one of bitterness and violence and arbitrary judgment and hatred. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

No sorrow that could come to her in the future, no disgrace, no humiliation, could equal in bitterness that fiery ordeal through which she had passed during the last few days. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing It were well if the child did not at this moment think with bitterness of an unknown parent, or, thinking not at all, live basely amid base companions. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson M. Trelat will pardon me if I correct, even before I quote him; but what the Frenchman supposed to flow from some particular bitterness against France, was only Fleeming’s usual address. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Anna was broken with grief; but by Mrs. Harnham’s counsel strictly refrained from hurling at him the reproaches and bitterness customary from young women so situated. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson But as she sat in the bedroom, with arms and legs like stone, resentment and bitterness overwhelmed her . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Kingsley She had brought herself to confess, in bitterness and anguish, that he did not love her, and never had, and that she was a miserable, unhappy dupe. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing He poured forth all the fury of his love and the bitterness of his misery, overwhelmed her with reproaches, bade her choose between him and this hateful world which was his curse. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Hunchback. Stand up and lift your hand and bless A man that finds great bitterness In thinking of his lost renown. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

If she did not yet feel all the fearful bitterness of the word she had given, it was because her attention was occupied in wondering whether General Fontana would be able to reach the citadel in time. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Gradually sinking into extreme old age, her self-repression and her bitterness grew ever more and more complete. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Henry Handel Richardson She eyed him sombrely as he stood before her, pale with excitement; and such a wave of bitterness ran through her that she quickly looked away again, unable to find any but bitter words to say. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Olaf Stapledon And bitterness not only invaded us from the world; it welled up also within our own magic circle. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

As intensely personal as the Parnassiens were detached, he poured into his verse all the gloom of his own character, all the bitterness of his own philosophy, all the agony of his own despair. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells By great good luck it did not lead to bloodshed or bitterness — except among the miners. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells And between my wife and me there was no bitterness that the great goddess, the life-giver, Aphrodite, Queen of the living Seas, came to my imagination so. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]