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So Jurgis said that he understood it; and yet it was really pitiful, for the struggle was so unfair--some had so much the advantage
It went on for an hour, then the tired child went to sleep, and it was pitiful to hear her moan and nestle, and I couldn't do anything for her.
He was a handsome fellow, and he made a fine statuesque picture of terror, but it was pitiful to see him suffer so.
Now listen to me; turn this pitiful rascal out -- I BEG you to do it.
Roxy had for so many days nourished and fondled and petted her notion that Tom would be glad to see his old nurse, and would make her proud and happy to the marrow with a cordial word or two, that it took two rebuffs to convince her that he was not funning, and that her beautiful dream was a fond and foolish variety, a shabby and pitiful mistake.
Poor old Uncle Silas--why, it's pitiful, him trying to curry favor that way--so hard pushed and poor, and yet hiring that useless Jubiter Dunlap to please his ornery brother.
There was a long pause, during which Jane knit silently, wiping the tears from her eyes from time to time, as she looked at the pitiful figure lying weakly on the pillows.
They must not do less than others, or she should be exposed to odious suspicions, and imagined capable of pitiful resentment.
Order Ellen to say you are engaged, Cathy,' he persisted; 'don't turn me out for those pitiful, silly friends of yours
He walked home to his brother's house in a pitiful state.
If, on the other hand, they find us either destitute of an effectual government (each State doing right or wrong, as to its rulers may seem convenient), or split into three or four independent and probably discordant republics or confederacies, one inclining to Britain, another to France, and a third to Spain, and perhaps played off against each other by the three, what a poor, pitiful figure will America make in their eyes
He lay gasping upon the floor of the chamber, his great eyes fastened upon me in what seemed a pitiful appeal for protection.
the stranger told his rescuers a pitiful tale of privation, hardships, and torture, extending over a period of ten years.
Such an event, therefore, will be neither pitiful nor terrible.
Tis a pitiful tale," said the Bellman, whose face Had grown longer at every word: "But, now that you've stated the whole of your case, More debate would be simply absurd.