Phrases with "despair"

George Gissing Above all he would never do her the wrong to despair of her elevation to a higher stage of culture. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ivan Turgenev Sanin in despair made inquiries about Herr Klüber. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Some words of this strain of despair and passion reached the ear of the stranger. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

This was plainer to no one now than to the Bride herself; and to her the disparity meant despair — it was so wide — and it grew wider day by day, as her realisation of it became complete. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Andrew Lang Yet we need not despair of extracting some evidence from exogamy, and that evidence, on the whole, is in favour of Mr. M‘Lennan’s general hypothesis. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

George Meredith And the reflux of that slight feeling of despair seemed to tear down with it in wreckage every effort he had made in life, and cry failure on him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

For ten days the unfortunate voyagers were tossed about by the pitiless elements, and it was only by incessant exertions — the exertions of despair — that they preserved the ship from foundering. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Driven by despair to madness, I burst suddenly from the Nuns who held me: I threw myself upon my knees before the Prioress, and besought her mercy in the most passionate and frantic terms. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Thomas Hardy With a feeling akin to despair she turned and slowly pursued her way homeward. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells I believe that I made a crowning effort against this despair and horror that had found me out in the darkness and overcome. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Charles Stur On the 7th a south wind made the barometer rise to 30 degrees 180 minutes, and with it despair once more stared us in the face, for with the wind in that quarter there was no hope of rain. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Jack London Never had I seen so profound a despair as that which I saw on his face — the face of Wolf Larsen the fighter, the strong man, the indomitable one. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t despair of making her love me as much as ever she did, according to her letters, at least, when we are married. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins My despair and horror at seeing it took me in a new way, which was good and right, at any rate, for my poor soul. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells The despair of Mr. Marvel’s face deepened, and his pace slackened. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

We lay thus, not daring to speak to each other, for who could speak but of despair, and which of us dared to aggravate the despair of the other. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Wilkie Collins Painters had tried to reproduce them, and had given up the effort, in despair of seizing any one expression in the bewildering variety of expressions which they presented to view. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Andrew Lang The Prince sought for her in vain, and at last in despair sat down on a big stone and contemplated his sad fate. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He stood in an attitude of despair — he was streaming with blood. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Marjorie Bowen Susannah made a movement of despair and desperation. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been recognized as men are recognized when they stand in the red glare of a house on fire; the same despair of help, of hopeless farewell to life, stamped on their faces in blood-red light. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

In despair of freedom, he at last resigned himself to look on in silent admiration. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf But it was Evan who sighed; not in despair nor indeed in rebellion. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

George Eliot The two pale faces were looking at each other: one with a wild hard despair in it, the other full of sad yearning love. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Marguerite understood all the love in his look, all the despair in his weakness. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

The madness of despair came back to him, and he flung himself among the ashes. Prester John by John Buchan

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’m not in the depths of despair this morning. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Gradually a kind of despair seized me, and I threw myself passionately on my bed, weeping aloud. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet the cottage was not deserted, for a low sound came to our ears — a kind of drone of misery and despair which was indescribably melancholy. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins A low cry of despair escaped her, as the cruel complication in her position revealed itself in all its unmerited hardship. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Margaret Oliphant He shrank from meeting with her, now that the meeting was so near; and his thoughts went after that other desperate wretched woman, flying—who could tell where?—in despair and darkness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

My despair had given me the strength of the strongest man. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Wilkie Collins It struck me with an overwhelming melancholy; it filled me with a despair of myself too dreadful to be endured. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Jules Verne Poor Neb shed bitter tears, giving way to despair at the thought of having lost the only being he loved on earth. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

His mind ever went back to Di with an agony of despair and rapture. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins She turned aside from me, and hid her face with a wild gesture of despair that was really terrible to see. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Marie Corelli Santissima Madonna!”— and old Sovrani gave a wild gesture of despair —“If any harm has happened to the child . The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

William Hope Hodgson And my fury and my despair came inward upon me in a moment, so that I troubled not to set down the Maid, but leaped at the thing, where it did be yet half hid in the dark. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins Modern despair turns nurse; binds up wounds, gives physic, and gets cured or not in that useful but nasty way. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

I was speechless with emotion, with the sudden revulsion from black despair to almost delirious joy. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

The police have no clue, and apparently despair of finding one. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton The despair of youth overcame him. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Edith Wharton In despair he issued from the last shop, and again sat himself down to consider. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two terrible eyes looked out of it — two eyes so full of hungry longing and hopeless despair that all the secret miseries of thirty years flashed into that one glance. The Confession by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. T. A. Hoffmann The Chevalier drew back from the table, grinding his teeth, and in despair stood leaning in a window, his face deathly pale. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Elio O she could never be drawn back into that cold damp vault of sin and despair again; she had felt the morning sun, she had tasted the sweet pure air of trust and penitence and submission. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Wilkie Collins He appeared to despair of convincing me, and he owned it indirectly in his next words. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jack London I noted the gurgling forefoot was very like a snore, and as I listened to it the effect of Wolf Larsen’s swift rush from sublime exultation to despair slowly left me. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Anthony Trollope Jim, the gardener, was not to be found; and they were in despair lest the ball should become wet through and should perish. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

T. E. Lawrence The blackness in the depth was very real — it was a night to despair of movement. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith Either he finds it so easy that he can walk into it, or he gives it up in despair as unassailable. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Margaret Oliphant Judging by himself, he had not ventured to think what his mother’s horror and despair would be. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

But Hunk, his face on fire with fury, grief and despair at this assumed betrayal by the woman he loved, waved her coldly away. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Henry Kingsley In short,” said he, in despair of giving a rational reason, “I have made up my mind. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Mrs. Moffit sat in state in a big arm-chair, before a large table and desk, whence she daily dispensed joy or despair to her applicants. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

George Meredith He drove them in a despair to speculate on the contention between the perfume and the stench in junction, with such a doubt of the victory of which of the two, as drags us to fear our worst. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Andrew Lang Then in despair he bit the loaf, and what was his astonishment when a piece of gold fell out of his mouth and rolled at his feet. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing See the notion? Her despair consoled by discovery of Higginson!” They laughed, but Piers broke off in half-serious anger. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Richard Burton And he walked on aimlessly until the path led him beside a river, where, of the stress of sorrow that overwhelmed him, he abandoned himself to despair and thought of casting himself into the water. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Coupeau’s despair mingled with a violent pain in his head. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. T. A. Hoffmann My distress deepened to despair when on the following day Cardillac talked about nothing else but the magnificent ornaments which he had seen before his eyes during the night. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The first paroxysm of despair subsided into another state. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I saw her the first day she came, and was the victim of despair until she suddenly got sick and so couldn’t wear those wonderful waists and jackets. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

He was well aware of the proportions of things; he had no despair of the Idea, nor would he despair should the Idea etherealize and fly away. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

She held the paper out to him, with a passionate entreaty breaking through the enforced calm of despair with which she had hitherto spoken. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jules Verne In despair he told Johnson to start. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Wilkie Collins My feelings changed instantly from the depth of despair to the height of indignation. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

But there are no words, or if there are I cannot find them, and at last I fall back on some coarse simile, and in my despair I write it down. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

There was one, however, who forgot nothing—who, the first torpor of despair once past, lived only to remember and avenge. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Percy Bysshe Shelley A physician was again sent for—Matilda, maddened by desperation, in accents almost inarticulate from terror, demanded hope or despair from the physician. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

George MacDonald I ran after the beast, with the blood trickling from my forehead; but had run only a few steps, when a shriek of despair tore the quivering night. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edgar Allan Poe It was something even more intense than despair that I then observed upon the countenance of the singular being whom I had watched so pertinaciously. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

John Lewis Burckhard In eighteen months it has paid upwards of six hundred purses; and on the day before our arrival a new contribution of two hundred had spread despair among the inhabitants. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

E. Phillips Oppenheim A species of despair was upon him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

But busy, uninteresting, joyous faces brought back despair to my heart. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Wilkie Collins His fervent courtship, far exceeding any similar attentions which he may once have paid to Eunice, has shown such variety and such steadfastness of worship, that I despair of describing it. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The steady amenity of his blue eyes disconcerted all grumblers, and made despair itself pause. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

There is a very narrow line between despair and black rage. Greenmantle by John Buchan

But I was still far from well, and I was in despair of my future. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald In despair at the sudden callousness of the world, she hung up the receiver. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Methought the well-loved dead, who had loved me well in life, met me elsewhere, alienated: galled was my inmost spirit with an unutterable sense of despair about the future. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins I have learnt, years ago, to despair of ever meeting with a single woman, after a certain age, who has not had an offer of marriage. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Charles Dickens My despair and horror at seeing it, took me in a new way, which was good and right, at any rate, for my poor soul. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson This was at night, when I was once more leaving the room, the thing not yet done, and myself in despair at my own cowardice. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Here were indeed tidings of despair for the settlers. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

They alternately abandoned themselves to the madness of despair or presumptuous vanity, according as they failed or succeeded in ingratiating themselves with him. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Wilkie Collins The fathers and mothers on either side kept the babies according to the captain’s principle of distribution, in despair of knowing what else to do. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

George Meredith He, moreover, was stung to see her debating at all upon such a question; and he was in despair before complicated events which gave nothing for his hands and heart to do. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

When he felt the stings of the enraged insects, despair lent him herculean strength and he burst from the grasp of his three captors. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

It is the difference between genuine despair and a despair that is at least partly a pretence. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

George Meredith We have struck despair Into two hearts. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Years will pass, and you will have visitings of despair and yet be tortured by hope. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Richard Burton All these I hold to be remnants of some old creed; nor should I despair of finding among the Badawin bordering upon the Great Desert some lingering system of idolatry. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Suppose he should commit suicide! There have been instances of wretched men, who in despair at being falsely accused have killed themselves in their cells. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins A hoarse cry of rage and despair burst from her, now that she was alone. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Guy de Maupassan The young girl’s despair was terrible, and she took an oath never to marry. A Sister’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James However, she doesn’t despair of Sarah either, and is prepared, on her own side, to go all lengths. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe A vague feeling of terror and despair had taken entire possession of his faculties. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Francis Bacon But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this — that men despair and think things impossible. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

But in the depth of despair chances are caught at. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Victor Hugo How near is despair to joy! Dea, we live! Dea, forgive me. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It seemed to Hester as if once, long ago, shrinking and shivering, she had stood in despair upon the shore of a great sea, and had heard a voice from the other side say, “Come over. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

And that an army which was meditating upon flight, has been brought by despair to win the field, is so far from being strange, that like causes will evermore produce like effects. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Rudyard Kipling When his heart was so full of despair that it would hold no more, body and soul together seemed to be dropping without check through the darkness. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I must know, or I am a madman and no man any longer, a wild beast that will bite itself in despair of hurting its enemy. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

E. F. Benson Over the background of each mind was spread a hatred of the other, red as their tea-gowns, and shot with black despair as to what on earth they should do now with those ill-fated pieces of pride. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Margaret Oliphant But at last Walter summoned up all his courage with a desperate effort, an effort of despair which restored him to himself and made a clear spot amid all the mist and confusion of the day. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

R. D. Blackmore For a man of liberal education, and much experience in spending money, who can put a new bottom to his own saucepan, is not the one to feel any despair of his fellow-creatures mending. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Andrew Lang In despair he bethought him of the box which was the gift of the princess. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence It resolved itself easiest into the restrictive, the making men not do this or that: and so could be fostered by a rule severe enough to make them despair of disobedience. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry Handel Richardson Oh! well for him that he could not see her face as he spoke; or guess at the hideous pictures his words set circling in her brain; the waves of wrath and despair that ran through her. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Then the great catastrophe had come, when Cicero returned from that wretched campaign to Brundisium, and remained there in despair as at some penal settlement. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Few great spirits have been nearer the extinction of despair than Ibsen was, now in his thirty-ninth year. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

I dared not risk the leap, and yet if I did not jump, what was to become of me? I was just beginning to despair again, when I saw Nikola point up stream and disappear. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My fire burns low, and the great calm of an utter apathetic despair is settling slowly down upon me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Edith Wharton Fears for his wife’s health, despair of his own future, regrets for his past mistakes, had made his mind a battle-ground during the months before Laura Lou’s death. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edgar Allan Poe They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

William Hope Hodgson Then, indeed, I did near to choke with the utter affright of joy that did take me in the heart, and also I was shaken with a mighty excitement, and my despair was gone, as that I had never known it. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle I should have given it up in despair — I really should — if I had not known that you had set your heart upon it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Ivan Turgenev Don’t take that sin upon your soul, Naum Ivanitch. Only think — the man was in despair — he didn’t know what he was doing. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing Now I’ve been trying to find someone else—not an easy thing; and as I must have a substitute by nine tomorrow, I came in despair to you. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

George Meredith If partially a degradation of her nature, this saved her mind from true despair when it began to stir after the vital shock that had brought her to earth. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins I submitted in silence; the truth is, I was beginning already to despair of my prospects. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

W. H. Hudson Night closed on us, black as despair and death, and with the greatest difficulty we made our way back through the woods. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes the adventuring world-mind failed to maintain its sanity in face of the welter of misery and despair that now flooded in upon it telepathically from all the regions of the galaxy. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

And in an imperious voice, he said: “You have no right to despair thus; you owe a sacred duty to your child. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence But her heavy-lidded grey eyes were the despair of any hostess. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Once more on the way, I did not despair of reaching Gondokoro by myself. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Meredith I was ill and did not know it, and imagined that my despair at the foot of the stairs of ever reaching my room to lie down peacefully was the sign of death. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Yes, that had been her first real trouble, How well she remembered her despair and desolation that night, the rage that possessed her young soul. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The affected cheerfulness of some contrasted with the despair of others. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

But Stingaree was by no means in that state of Napoleonic despair which his bent back and lowering countenance were intended to convey. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Virginia Woolf You’ll marry her!” The cry had a note of despair in it. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

She felt still through every nerve the vibrations of that maddening terror and despair which had overcome her senses for a moment. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton All that world was haunted as with melody by the hedonist despair of Fitzgerald’s Omar: one of the great historical documents of this history. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe All was now confusion and despair — but an effort was made to lighten the ship by throwing overboard as much of her cargo as could be reached, and by cutting away the two masts that remained. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Louis Stevenson I bent low on my knees and flung myself forth, with that kind of anger of despair that has sometimes stood me in stead of courage. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe Hippolitus came to urge a proposal which despair only could have suggested. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing It needed very little to reexcite hope in his breast, and he felt to-night that he had been foolish to despair so early. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret would have given up the effort in despair to rouse Mr. Hale out of his dejection; it would even have affected herself and rendered her incapable of talking at all. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Did you not observe his despair on the journey? As to Porthos, his barony was perhaps dependent on that affair. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Sir Walter Scott The despair in her look was so evident as to deprive even him of the power of asking the cause. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Goldwin Smith The despair which finds vent in verse is hardly despair. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The intervals of despair and inaction grew longer. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Rafael Sabatini He was almost in despair when, in his wanderings, his attention was caught by a dormer window on the canal side, about two-thirds of the way down the slope of the roof. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Guy de Maupassant She did not dare to touch them, and screamed with horror, so that her cries of despair attracted a peasant, who was driving along at some distance, to the spot. The Story of a Farm-Girl (Histoire d’une fille de ferme) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Jules Verne The doctor and Bell reached Hatteras, who out of the depths of despair cried: “The cowards have fled! The strong will succeed! Johnson and Bell, you are courageous. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Though He omitted no precaution to prepare him for such an event, at this sudden change from despair to happiness Raymond’s transports were so violent, as nearly to have proved fatal to him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

What was she to do? Her little arms tightened in despair against her bosom. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

With the enthusiastic despair of youth, he played hobo for a while. Serapion by Francis Stevens

The hope which had sprung to life under her first beautiful aspect, vanished in despair at sight of this flush. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Judkins would break his heart in despair rather than not return a blow; whereas the Arab would put up with any indignity of that sort. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Unselfish and devoted as she had been in every other crisis of her young life, she could not be reasonable or self-denying here; she was seized with despair at the thought of parting with her husband. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Cries of despair resounded on all sides. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am in despair because I fear that you may believe I led you deliberately into a trap. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Margaret Oliphant It was Susan who was raving close by; but her brother, in the sickening despair of his heart, had not the courage to go into that agitated sick-room. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Olivia Marchmont stood a few paces from her stepdaughter, watching her while the black shadow of doubt blotted every joy from her heart, and utter despair crept slowly into her innocent breast. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

It was winter; there had been one of those tremendous floods followed by a sharp frost, and Gerard in despair as to where he should lodge forty or fifty houseless folk out of the piercing cold. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins Whether the motive was pride, or sullenness, or distrust of herself, or despair of doing good, the result was not to be mistaken — Norah had resolved on remaining passive for the future. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson When she began to play, Madeleine made “Tch, tch, tch!” and shook her head, in despair of now ever being rid of them. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell He was in despair at the thought of his ancestral property going to the issue of such a marriage. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

My crimes are monstrous, but I will not despair of pardon: Haply, when they have received due chastisement . The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

It was a sight which seemed ominous of our own fate, and Agnew’s boasted hope, which had so long upheld him, now sank down into a despair as deep as my own. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In short, there has seldom been seen so depressed and sad a figure as this young girl’s; and it was hardly possible to help being angry with her, from mere despair of doing anything for her comfort. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Virginia Woolf It was here that she had suffered triumph, humiliation, ecstasy, despair — for nothing. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

George Gissing Her mind was relieved from the stress of conflict; despair had given place to something that made her laugh at all the old scruples. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Gissing Only despair could have supplied him with such a suggestion and with the nerve requisite for carrying it out. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Kenneth Grahame When I get home I shall go and complain about it to — to somebody or other, see if I don’t!” “O, dear! O, dear!” cried the Rat, in despair at his obtuseness. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I felt a horror even of the room, and for more than an hour after a kind of despair and terror, such as I have never experienced before or since at the idea of death. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. Rider Haggard The features were, as I have said, sunken, and yet they preserved upon them that awful look of despair that I had seen upon his living face as the poor fellow was sucked down. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells The decisive struggle which persuaded him to despair of me, turned upon the measurement of the vibrations of a tuning fork giving the middle C of an ordinary piano. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Jack London Biedenbach was in despair — we heard all about it afterward — and he went up alone in the third balloon. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Such despair possessed the child’s heart that all around her seemed black. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Here they died of despair and misery. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

She did not die from despair and disgust the first month, as she expected and almost hoped for. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope On Cæsar’s side there is an ecstasy of hope carried to the very brink of certainty; on the other is that fainting spirit of despair which no battalions can assuage. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

There was a slight scar on her shoulder, — the rabid despair of famine had produced no farther outrage. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Arthur Conan Doyle I made a gesture of terror and despair with my hands, and I sprang my horse over the bank which lined the road. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Wilkie Collins Anne turned in despair from the view in the room to the view from the window. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

They call for relief on the Superior, but what can the Superior do? He is but human too, and perhaps feels the despair that is devouring the wretches who supplicate him to deliver them from it. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith I think, in my despair I spoke things that may have led him to fancy the truth of what he has said. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Tears from the depths of some divine despair rose in her heart and gathered to her eyes. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell Even in her sleep she bore the look of woe and despair which was the prevalent expression of her face by day; even in her sleep she had forgotten how to smile. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

A sudden and dreadful malady seized her last night; and so rapid has been its progress, that the Physicians despair of her life. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

But by the same vessel letters came to Pizarro from his two confederates, Luque and Almagro, beseeching him not to despair in his present extremity, but to hold fast to his original purpose. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope The merit is to despair and yet to be constant. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith When we despair or discolour things, it is our senses in revolt, and they have made the sovereign brain their drudge. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

If the traveler fails to find this court (for it seems now and then to be taken in and put away), he need not despair of seeing the Giralda fitly. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Passive despair comes later; it has nothing to do with mental action, and is mainly a corruption or degradation of our blood. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

For then I had at least begun my quest in hope, whereas now something like despair haunted me from the very beginning. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

John Galsworthy I was in despair till I thought: When she comes I will go down myself and open the door to her, and perhaps Timothy will let me talk to him before he puts the ‘fat in the fire’ as James would say. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Ours take new courage from despair and night: Confus’d the fortune is, confus’d the fight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Louisa May Alcott A week of remorse nearly made Meg sick, and the discovery that John had countermanded the order for his new greatcoat reduced her to a state of despair which was pathetic to behold. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

E. F. Benson She did not yet allow herself to despair of becoming unbaffled, for she was certain that there was a mystery here, and every mystery had an explanation if you only worked at it enough. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anatole France Lost in the enchanted despair of love, time was not marked for them except by the cool plash of the water, which at intervals broke under the half-open window. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

People with empty bellies never despair of the universe, nor even think about the universe, for that matter. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

D. H. Lawrence Well, despair was no good, and being miserable was no good either. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton The joyful Micawber, whose very despair was exultant, and the desolate Dorrit, whose very pride was pitiful, were the same man. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Wilkie Collins I never saw a man in such a fury of despair and rage before. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Jules Verne On the 17th they set out in the usual line of march, a line which it was hard work for Robert to keep, his ardor constantly compelled him to get ahead of the MADRINA, to the great despair of his mule. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]