It seemed to reveal to her an undreamed depravity
in her nature.
I have felt more at home in the dock (such is the natural depravity
and perversity of my disposition) than ever I felt in the drawing-rooms of my father's distinguished patrons and respectable friends.
It is needless to say that I failed to keep the secret of my depravity
from the knowledge of my mother.
I took him through the slums of San Francisco, and in drunkenness, prostitution, and criminality he learned a deeper cause than innate depravity
Great guns, bombs, and mines must have leveled every building that man had raised, and then nature, unhindered, had covered the ghastly evidence of human depravity
with her beauteous mantle of verdure.
Fortunately for society, all special depravity
is more or less certainly the result, in the first instance, of special temptation.
There are some men who, living with the one object of enriching themselves, no matter by what means, and being perfectly conscious of the baseness and rascality of the means which they will use every day towards this end, affect nevertheless--even to themselves--a high tone of moral rectitude, and shake their heads and sigh over the depravity
of the world.
It must be either that you think she is essentially so vicious, or so feeble-minded, that she cannot withstand temptation, - and though she may be pure and innocent as long as she is kept in ignorance and restraint, yet, being destitute of real virtue, to teach her how to sin is at once to make her a sinner, and the greater her knowledge, the wider her liberty, the deeper will be her depravity
, - whereas, in the nobler sex, there is a natural tendency to goodness, guarded by a superior fortitude, which, the more it is exercised by trials and dangers, is only the further developed - '
Nothing less than a persuasion of universal depravity
can lock up the charity of a good man; and this persuasion must lead him, I think, either into atheism, or enthusiasm; but surely it is unfair to argue such universal depravity
from a few vicious individuals; nor was this, I believe, ever done by a man, who, upon searching his own mind, found one certain exception to the general rule.
We do also, unfortunately," replied my father, "for indeed I had rather have been for ever ignorant than have discovered so much depravity
and ungratitude in one I valued so highly.
In other words, ma'am--though he hadn't the shadow of a reason for taking the Diamond--he might have taken it, nevertheless, through natural depravity
The hardened shameless depravity
of the whole composition, from beginning to end--the atrocious perversity of mind which persistently associated me with a calamity for which I was in no sense answerable, and with a death which I had risked my life in trying to avert--so disgusted me, that I was on the point of tearing the letter, when a consideration suggested itself which warned me to wait a little before I destroyed it.
There was an old smoky bust over the mantel-shelf, and a dusty clock above the dock--the only thing present, that seemed to go on as it ought; for depravity
, or poverty, or an habitual acquaintance with both, had left a taint on all the animate matter, hardly less unpleasant than the thick greasy scum on every inaminate object that frowned upon it.
Still I recognized that justice must be done, and that the depravity
of the victim was no condonment in the eyes of the law.
All that infamy had obviously only touched her mechanically, not one drop of real depravity
had penetrated to her heart; he saw that.