Phrases with "pity"

As he sat there he did not pity himself nor curse himself. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He could look back and pity his wife and himself. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a pity to ruin such an interesting investigation, but it would be a greater pity still to ruin my life, and I KNOW that I cannot trust myself with that woman. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

William Makepeace Thackeray I pity that poor little blubbering Mahometan: he will never be able to relish the “Arabian Nights” in the original, all his life long. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Elizabeth Von Arnim Therefore it seemed a pity that George, so generally cheerful and on the spot on occasions like this, should choose suddenly to go grave. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Maxim Gorky Why didn’t he sin with a beautiful, healthy woman?” “That would be sin without justification; as it is, there is justification in pity for the girl. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Henry James But it’s a pity I wasn’t with her today. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins Do you call her pretty? Do you feel interested in her?” The sorrow and pity in his face answered for him. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Upon the whole, I am inclined to pity poor Ayala. We are very happy here. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson He was quite unmoved; he had no pity for me. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s a pity more of us can’t say as much. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George Eliot It ’ud be a pity to let it fade. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling There is no human emotion or mood which it is forbidden to assault — there is no canon of reserve or pity that need be respected — in fiction. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Jack London And to me it seemed a pity that so much good warm clothing had been wasted there in the sea. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Henry James It wasn’t that he wanted to be pitied — he fairly didn’t pity himself; he winced, rather, and even to vicarious anguish, as it rose again, for poor shamed Bloodgood’s doom-ridden figure. A Round of Visits by Henry James [1910]

Wilkie Collins The admiral (doing her full justice personally) declared himself smitten with pity for her hard lot in life. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It is a pity but thee had recognized the boy who came for thy son; some of us might go to the lad’s house. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Mark Twain Tom was snuffling, now, himself — and more in pity of himself than anybody else. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

George Meredith We owe them much, and though they scorn us, let us pity them. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Bram Stoker What else have we to hope for, except the pity of the good God?” Lord Godalming had slipped away for a few minutes, but now he returned. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Heart-sickness, a black depression, a treacherous sympathy with my assailant, pity unutterable for poor Jim, already filled, divided, and abashed my spirit. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jane Austen Sir James may seem to have drawn a harder lot than mere folly merited; I leave him, therefore, to all the pity that anybody can give him. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Elizabeth Gaskell She murmured something which nobody heard fully, but which sounded like a prayer for pity and compassion on her tender years and friendless estate. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

On the twelfth day four of our company died with hunger in a very miserable way; and yet the survivors had not strength left to move them to pity their fellows. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Radclyffe Hall But Raftery’s death could mean nothing to him; yet his sharp, grey eyes had now softened with pity because she had had to shoot Raftery. She thought: ‘What a curious fellow he is. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

M. P. Shiel The sentiment that now occupies my mind about Dr Burton is this: ‘the pity of it!’ One cannot touch pitch and go undefiled. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Olaf Stapledon But also, with a shock of pity he experienced the young man’s hesitant loyalty toward a spirit that he could only obscurely conceive. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope He seemed to think it a pity that I should go, and wished me to leave my work with him. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

His heart was moved, softened with pity at his own abandonment. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Wilkie Collins He had borne the burden of a great sorrow among us, in this town, for many weary years, and his conduct had taught us to respect and pity him with all our hearts. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Thomas Hardy The pity is that politics are looked on as being a game for politicians, just as cricket is a game for cricketers; not as the serious duties of political trustees. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Jane Austen What a pity it is that Mr. Weston ever thought of her!” “I cannot agree with you, papa; you know I cannot. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope It was a pity,—a pity that it should have been so! It was to be regretted that there should have been no one near him to comfort him in the misery which had produced such a lamentable result. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling Later he took it upon himself to pity the natives of India —‘heathen’ he called them, this Woolly One whose race has been the butt of every comedy on the Asiatic stage since the beginning. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope I came to think it quite a pity that he should be in trouble. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth We pity her; but the king knows best: the king must be obeyed. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Lady Morgan He stifled the voice of nature and pity in his breast. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

A pity he got title and money, as he has left the Bar, and is a good man spoiled. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Benjamin Disraeli It is a pity he is going into the Church. I do not like clergymen. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Walter Scott His voice, rendered almost tender by pity and self reproach, was the most powerful means of recalling her to herself, and just as the swoon was passing away, the King himself entered the apartment. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

John Galsworthy Pity! Nobody pitied her; why, then, should she pity them? Besides, pity was ‘pop,’ as Amabel would say. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Nathaniel Hawthorne What a pity that he does not know how miserable he is! There is a parrot, too, calling out, “Pretty Poll! Pretty Poll!” as we pass by. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Charles Dickens The remorseless sea of turbulently swaying shapes, voices of vengeance, and faces hardened in the furnaces of suffering until the touch of pity could make no mark on them. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Hope There is pity in God; we shall be together at last. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Miles Franklin The pity of it that ye’re not a boy! Then we could make a priest of ye, and the many theological arguments and disquisitions we could have would put a different complexion on these things entirely. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope It is a pity that they should ever have come together. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton What a pity such a charming lad should look so ill! Suddenly, from the forward suite, the young lady with the baby emerged. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

John Morley The thought of wrong or misery moved him less to pity for the victim than to anger against the cause. Burke by John Morley [1879]

If I had not pity for all the children of reverie I should have let them fight it out, and would now have many a wonderful oath to record. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Bram Stoker To read Dr. Seward’s account of poor Lucy’s death, and what followed, is enough to dry up the springs of pity in one’s heart. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Maria Edgeworth She observed that it was a pity my father was so violently prejudiced and obstinate, for that, after all, it would not be an unprecedented marriage. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Deep is the solitude of those who, with secret griefs, have none to pity them. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Thomas Paine But the king you serve, and the cause you support, afford you so few instances of acting the gentleman, that out of pity to your situation the Congress pardoned the insult by taking no notice of it. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

George Meredith Nor could the temptings of prudent counsel in his head induce him to run the risk of such a total turnover as the incurring of Laetitia’s pity of himself by confiding in her. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Wilkie Collins There are no gentlemen here to-day to pity you and pick you up. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. Rider Haggard The full but clear-cut lips also had their own expression on them, half serious, half comical; humour, contempt, and even pity were blended in it. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I began to pity him profoundly. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Lady Morgan I am glad, however, that this old Irish chieftain is such a ferocious savage; that the pity his fate awakens is qualified by aversion for his implacable, irascible disposition. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

It’s a pity that Mr. Desrolles is out of the way. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Mary Webb Freedom, green ways, childlike pleasures of ferny, mossy discoveries, the absence of hunger or pain, and the presence of Foxy and other salvage of her great pity — these were the great realities. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

What a pity he was left in that shallow place!” King seemed to have all his wits about him, but his face had a white, odd look in it. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

Maria Edgeworth No power of imagination could make me pity Shylock, but I felt the force of some of his appeals to justice; and some passages struck me in quite a new light on the Jewish side of the question. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith It was given with impulsive tenderness, in pity of him. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Andrew Lang If the boy had seen her he would have been changed into stone by the terror and the pity of it, she was so awful; but he had thought of a plan for killing her without looking on her face. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anatole France Oh, I fear you are a sad barbarian, Monsieur Choulette. You are full of pity for those who are in need, and you have no pity for divine beauty, which you exile from this world. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

It was a pity that Loding’s proposition was so very criminal. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins I am sure my pity must have been sincere, for it made me bold enough to ask the poor creature to come in, and sit down in the boat-house, by my side. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It is a pity the nobility drive me to this by their neglect. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Walter Besant Great pity it is when a family lets all be scattered abroad and lost. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Rudyard Kipling She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast May not deal in doubt or pity — must not swerve for fact or jest. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

It would really be a pity to see a nice woman like that sacrificed to a needy adventurer. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Virginia Woolf Without understanding her, Mary began to pity her for what she was suffering. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. F. Benson She had heard Miss Mapp’s ironical inquiry as to how the dear King was, and had thought at the time that it was probably a pity that Miss Mapp had said that. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Maria Edgeworth He observed to me, that it was a pity a lad like me should so early in my days take to dram-drinking; and he explained the consequences of intemperance, of which I had never before heard or thought. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

That lie had extinguished any spark of pity which he might have felt. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

He could read pity in that tender look, but possessed no lexicon by which he could translate its deeper meaning. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell Since the little puzzle amuses the ladies, it would be a pity to spoil their sport by giving them the key. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

It seems a pity to have missed them. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope What a pity it was that Cousin George should be a scamp, she thought, as he went on to greet Sir Harry. And with Sir Harry he remained a minute or two. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

When one reflects upon her extraordinary tragedy, when one attempts to gauge the significance of her character and of her life, it is difficult to know whether to pity most, to admire, or to fear. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

More indulgent readers will find in those pages the traces of a spirit which, with all its faults, its errors, its diseases, deserves something more than pity — deserves almost love. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

If you in pity grant this one request, My death shall glut the hatred of his breast. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Theodore Dreiser It’s a pity the city has to endure him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope And as the world generally is not very fond of Augustus Scarborough, and entertains a sort of a good-natured pity for Mountjoy, the first marriage will be easily accepted. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson Take pity on the poor thing’s constancy. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Ivan Turgenev It’s only a pity I’m not a great hand with my pen; I rarely write, and am not good at expressing my thoughts precisely and in few words. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Washington Irving His taking refuge in garrets and cellars has of late been violently objected to him, and that by men who, I hope, are more apt to pity than insult his distress. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Apparently Kipling was a versifier who occasionally wrote poems, in which case it was a pity that Mr. Eliot did not specify these poems by name. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Anthony Trollope In his opinion it was almost a pity that a young fellow like Walter should be interrupted in his amusement. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Guy de Maupassan In a word, she triumphed over the last remaining doubts, which might still have mingled with the affectionate pity with which that poor, solitary heart, which, so full of bitterness, overflowed. Under the Yoke (Wanda Pulska) by Guy de Maupassan

Robert Browning Silent the crumbling bridge we cross, And pity and praise the chapel sweet, And care about the fresco’s loss, And wish for our souls a like retreat, And wonder at the moss. Dramatic Lyrics by Robert Browning [1845]

Olaf Stapledon Though pity implores that all horror should turn out to have been a dream, yet for the light’s own sake some sterner passion demands that evil may have its triumph. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

If he should ever cease to love me, I shall die of grief and despair, unless Heaven come to my assistance, unless Heaven does show pity upon me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

It is a pity they are not all dead. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Jane Austen She had received ideas which disposed her to be courteous and kind to all, and to pity every one, as being less happy than herself. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

What eyes! what noses! what lips! Have pity upon me, and cease looking. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

And this was Derham’s fate! — poor, mis-matched, destroyed by a morbid sensibility, an object of pity to his own young child, yet adored by her as the gentlest and wisest of men. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence But I pity the angels, when the Lord sets me before them like a book to read. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

James Payn He was never tired of shewing his thankfulness for the joy that came to himself, and his pity for the woe that befell others upon that awful night. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Eliot There was still pity in my soul for every living thing, and Bertha was living — was surrounded with possibilities of misery. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

One cannot contemplate this pusillanimous conduct of Montezuma without mingled feelings of pity and contempt. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Olaf Stapledon Bewildered and terrified, she fled from it into mere pity for the butterfly. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

No pity for the weak down here, whatever you’ve been told. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Yet Raffles could turn and look with infinite pity upon the miserable youth who was still looking defiantly on him. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Karnegie’s face softened on the instant: the word of pity that had been suspended the moment before passed her lips freely now. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope Did she intend to evoke his pity for that loss? She had lost him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis It is a pity that Harold did not know. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

She scanned him for a moment, full of a pity which belittled him somewhat, though all the while she loved him the more with an affection into which entered some vague idea of watching over him. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Andrew Lang Inverawe, filled with pity for the miserable man, swore “By the word of an Inverawe which never failed friend or foe yet” to save him. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

I was thinking it’s a pity he has to turn out, and in his thin clothes, too”—she brought out her words jerkily. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Jonathan Swif Lady Masham’s eldest son, about two years old, is ill, and I am afraid will not live: she is full of grief, and I pity and am angry with her. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

There was something resentful and fierce in that cry, as though the pity of her woman’s heart had been put to too cruel a test. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

And don’t expect anyone to take your part: the others, your companions, will attack you, too, win her favour, for all are in slavery here, and have lost all conscience and pity here long ago. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Andrew Lang In pity for the unhappy lovers, Selnozoura came forward. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon It confronted all the tortured spirits of the past not with pity or regret but with smiling content, such as a man may feel toward his own childhood’s tribulations. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

It’s a pity that the acquaintance should begin on so personal a basis. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

I had no fear, only a great pity — pity for lost romance, for vain endeavour, for fruitless courage. Prester John by John Buchan

Tobias Smolle She chanced to relish my conversation; I gradually acquired her friendship; pity was the next passion that she entertained in my favour. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

George Elio There may be no pity for me there, as there is none here. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

F. Scott Fitzgerald After the first shock and the momentary flush of pity that followed it, Luella looked at the situation with impatience. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Caroline Lamb The Princess is fond of inflicting these lesser tyrannies; she is so helplessly attached to these trifles—so overweaningly fond of exerting her powers, it were a pity to thwart her. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Again the wounded man opened his eyes and looked in astonishment at these strangers, who appeared to pity him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry James Mr. Mallet, I see also,” Christina added, “has something serious to say to me!” Rowland had been looking at her with the shadow of his lately-stirred pity in his eyes. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Meredith Colonel Halkett broke into exclamations of pity for so good a young fellow so misguided. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James They would find that charming; it was the pleasantest house in Newport. It was only a pity Mr. Westgate was never there — he being a tremendously fine man, one of the finest they had. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Sascha’s things aroused in me a feeling of disillusion, of agitation, and painful pity for him. In the World by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence There’s so much of you here with me, really, that it’s a pity you aren’t all here. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo The queen, in the presence of Barkilphedro, lamented the event, finally exclaiming, with a sigh, — “It is a pity that so many virtues should have been borne and served by so poor an intellect. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing I think it’s a pity people trouble themselves about things that only make them gloomy. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

She stood easily and gracefully, a figure of motherhood and pity rather than of awe. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

What a pity I did not buy a collar when we had money. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

O, if you could know the dreary days and nights I have spent at the hotel on the other side of the river, where we lived, you would pity me. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins I don’t blame her: I pity her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Wilkie Collins And such an interesting creature, too! It was impossible not to pity her, whether she deserved it or not. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins She loves me, poor thing — and I pity her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

And what would have been more natural? Neglected and brutally treated, she would at once have aroused his pity and then — his love, of course, would have followed. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Anthony Trollope She could feel no pity for Marie as long as Adolphe was in danger; but now she knew how to pity her. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I’ve never been a Volunteer-sergeant, thank God — but I’ve always had the consideration to pity ’em. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope If I took much of the stuff I should get cross and sick, and make a beast of myself but then what a pity it is that it should be so. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry James At the same time there was something richly rare in such a relation between the subject and the artist, and Nick was disposed to go on till he should have to stop for pity or for shame. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson And he felt for old Torrance - of the many supplications, of the few days — a pity that was near to tears. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot There’s no rules so wise but what it’s a pity for somebody or other. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Gaston Leroux You treat him as a monster, you speak of his crime, he has done you harm and I find in you the same inexplicable pity that drove me to despair when I saw it in Christine!” The Persian did not reply. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Bram Stoker God pity me! Look down on a poor soul in worse than mortal peril. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

His heart was open to pity — his soul the noblest and clearest ever fashioned by nature in her happiest mood. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton It’s a pity to risk losing your rooms. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell At last she heaved a deep sigh, and stirring the fire, as if by this little household occupation to compose her mind, she said — ‘It’s a pity as wenches aren’t lads, or married folk. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Mark Twain It makes one pity the poor Archbishop, and with that he, too, could have been let off as leniently. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Charles Dickens A low murmur of pity went round the throng, and the women wept aloud, as this form, almost without form, was moved very slowly from its iron deliverance, and laid upon the bed of straw. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

A pity — it must have been held up in the post. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

I have been reading Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. What a pity that fellow’s comedies are so seldom acted! There is good stuff in the worst of them. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

T. E. Lawrence It was only guns we never got until the last month — and the pity of it! In manoeuvre war one long-range gun outweighed ninety-nine short. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Can you remember all this, Mr. Dale, and yet pity me?” “I can remember it all, and yet love you, Paulina,” answered Douglas, with emotion. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It was a hard life, but the hamlet folks did not pity themselves. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Henry James Rowland greatly pitied her, for there is something respectable in passionate grief, even in a very bad cause; and as pity is akin to love, he endured her rather better than he had done hitherto. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Meredith Women with brains, moreover, are all heartless: they have no pity for distress, no horror of catastrophes, no joy in the happiness of the deserving. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It is a pity there are not more like him. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Cecil looked after her, with a certain touch of pity for her in him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling I’d ha’ packed her off with any man that would ha’ took her — an’ God’s pity on him!’ ‘Umm!’ said Jabez, and sucked his pipe. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

But even while I despise him I cannot refuse to pity him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Dismay tempered with pity greeted her. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope It’s a pity you had not proclaimed it at Charing Cross, and then nobody would have believed a word about it. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But then, as Mrs. Gibson said to herself, it would be a pity to disturb Cynthia’s pleasure by telling her much about Molly; indeed there was not much to tell, one day was so like another. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins She isn’t worth a farthing more—on the word of a man, she isn’t, sir!’ I looked hard in his face, and saw two scratches on it, and took the half-guinea, more out of pity than anything else. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

When I felt resentful toward her I used to think what a pity it was that she had not married grandfather. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim I pity myself; but, most of all, I pity you. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Later he took it upon himself to pity the natives of India. “Heathens,” he called them — this woolly one, whose race has been the butt of every comedy on the native stage since the beginning. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Susanna Rowson To you I sue, to you I look for pity and relief. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Wilkie Collins I tried hard to feel that Sir Percival was to blame, and to say so, but my womanhood would pity him, in spite of myself. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Meredith All that you have to fear is my pity for one so sensitive. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

But judging from the tone of contempt or of pity with which he spoke of his second wife or her daughter, the lawyer guessed at once that the general’s home life was not happy. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim In fact, when I look at you”—his eyes seemed to fall almost to the ground—“when I look at you, I permit myself some slight sensation of pity for your unfortunate affliction. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope There could be no cruelty without dishonesty, and did he not always struggle to be honest? Cruel to his own daughter! The pity of it! The pity of it! It was thus that Lady Cantrip looked at it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant People did not pity the old woman very much because she had money; they knew it. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

He was a man of courage, and, standing before them a self-admitted moral outcast, asked for no pity and did not whine. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

After all, the mother inwardly argued, it were a pity to thwart her darling. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli The truth is, Iduna has found favour in the eyes of his son, the young Mahomed.” “Holy Virgin! hast thou no pity on this Christian maid?” exclaimed Nicæus. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

George Eliot Curses on him! I wish I may see him lie with those red lips white and dry as ashes, and when he looks for pity I wish he may see my face rejoicing in his pain. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Sometimes, as she laughed, she looked back at Ruth and Dare, half a field behind, in pity at what they were missing. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Sir Walter Scott He did not the less pity Fergus, for whom, in his present distress, he felt all his former regard revive. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

William Makepeace Thackeray As for Gronow, I pity him, if his future lot should fall where Mr. Oriel supposes that it will. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

George Meredith His pity for her, and his eager championship, overwhelmed the spirit of compassion for the foolish wretched husband. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Meredith Great pity for the poor enmeshed life, helpless there, and in a woman’s worst peril,—looking either to madness, or to death, for an escape—drowned her reason in a heavy cloud of tears. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Thomas Hardy If you would only pray for me, Tess!” The suppressed discontent of his manner was almost pitiable, and yet Tess did not pity him. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Ann Radcliffe I pity the distresses of the lady Julia, to whom I am no stranger, and will cheerfully give her all the assistance in my power. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Robert Louis Stevenson Pity him but the more, if pity be your cue; for where a man is all pride, vanity, and personal aspiration, he goes through fire unshielded. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

The only misgiving that remained in one’s mind after she had been the making of all these things was that it seemed a pity that they were all so obviously machine-made, turned out to pattern. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Edith Wharton The sense of her potential pity drew him back to her. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

David Hume This sentiment of pity is nearly allied to contempt, which is a species of dislike, with a mixture of pride. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

George Elio That future of love and forgiveness would never come then: he was going out of her sight for ever, where her pity could never reach him. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope The pity is that they weren’t your own. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard He was open-handed with his pity was George. Nor did he lack a sympathizer in these delicious moments of unexpected triumph. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins Has age hardened you? Have you no pity left for your old friend? My poor heart is sadly in want of a word of wisdom, spoken kindly. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

I pity the enemy that strives to satisfy you. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

You see how I am suffering, and yet you have no pity for me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gertrude Stein Not very long ago somebody was talking about how well the young painters of to-day dressed and what a pity it was that they spent money in that way. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Thomas Hardy Pity me — O, pity me! To die unloved is more than I can bear! I loved your father, and I love him now. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Pity me, pity her I love, pity yourself!” “You young viper!” cried the father, stung with remorse, but not touched with penitence. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

And she read Macaulay’s “History of England,” with eyes that kindled with indignation against cowardly, obstinate James, or melted with pity for poor weak foolish Monmouth, as the case might be. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]