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in an unfortunate or deplorable manner

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But, as he passed through the Notch of the mountains, a war party of Indians captured our unlucky merchant, and carried him to Montreal, there holding him in bondage, till, by the payment of a heavy ransom, he had woefully subtracted from his hoard of pine-tree shillings.
Thus, she was fain to shrink deeper into herself, as it were, as if in the hope of making people suppose that here was only a cloak and hood, threadbare and woefully faded, taking an airing in the midst of the storm, without any wearer!
His appetite for facts was capacious, and although many of those which he noted would have seemed woefully dry and colorless to the ordinary sentimental traveler, a careful inspection of the list would have shown that he had a soft spot in his imagination.
She is woefully different from what she was when I saw her last.
But I have already told you, Monsieur Fouquet," replied D'Artagnan, moved to the depths of his soul, "that you are woefully exaggerating.
In an infinite number of half-obliterated scratches he tried to convey to her the possibility that although human beings are woefully ill-adapted for communication, still, such communion is the best we know; moreover, they make it possible for each to have access to another world independent of personal affairs, a world of law, of philosophy, or more strangely a world such as he had had a glimpse of the other evening when together they seemed to be sharing something, creating something, an ideal--a vision flung out in advance of our actual circumstances.
He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!
STOPPING distances in the Highway Code are woefully short because they underestimate drivers' thinking time, road safety campaigners have claimed.
This abuse is sadly still woefully under-reported, and for us to help these children we need people to speak up.
The international human rights watchdog called on the UK government to take action and asserted that "instead of acting as overexcited cheerleaders for Bahrain's woefully inadequate reforms, UK ministers ought to be confronting the awkward reality that these UK-backed institutions are seriously flawed and widely seen as a PR tool of the Bahraini government.
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said: "This research and public reactions really highlights how a lack of understanding around what people with a learning disability are capable of is a crucial factor in the woefully low employment rates experienced by people with a learning disability.
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "This is a woefully inadequate response from the Government to support a town and industry which is being rocked by job losses.
We're woefully, woefully underfunding Alzheimer's disease compared with other leading causes of morbidity and mortality," Dr.
He said he was shocked to see "so many dead people", adding: "The response has been woefully slow.
Paul attempts to jump-start his big-screen career off the back of the TV series Breaking Bad and he is extremely likable in a woefully malnourished role.