I say that he is by far the most miserable of all men.
And amid evils such as these will not he who is ill-governed in his own person--the tyrannical man, I mean--whom you just now decided to be the most miserable of all--will not he be yet more miserable when, instead of leading a private life, he is constrained by fortune to be a public tyrant?
I am miserable, and they shall share my wretchedness.
"Why do you call to my remembrance," I rejoined, "circumstances of which I shudder to reflect, that I have been the miserable origin and author?
At length, when it appeared that the viceroy had neither forces nor authority sufficient for this undertaking, it was agreed that I should go immediately into Europe, and represent at Rome and Madrid the miserable
condition of the missions of Abyssinia.
"I am a lowborn, miserable
villain," declared the Chief Steward, humbly.
"No, I won't let you make me miserable
," she thought menacingly, addressing not him, not herself, but the power that made her suffer, and she walked along the platform.
He was fond of admiring himself in a looking glass; and a merry-faced little Indian boy from the Rio Negro, whom we had for some months on board, soon perceived this, and used to mock him: Jemmy, who was always rather jealous of the attention paid to this little boy, did not at all like this, and used to say, with rather a contemptuous twist of his head, "Too much skylark." It seems yet wonderful to me, when I think over all his many good qualities that he should have been of the same race, and doubtless partaken of the same character, with the miserable, degraded savages whom we first met here.
These were the most abject and miserable creatures I anywhere beheld.
"Waxen dolls!" interrupted Obed; "it is profanation, in the view of the arts, to liken the miserable
handy-work of the dealers in wax to the pure models of antiquity!"
I walked about, but was very weak, and withal very sad and heavy-hearted under a sense of my miserable
condition, dreading, the return of my distemper the next day.
What a miserable
fool he was to have brought himself into such a dilemma; and yet, if ever a man had excuses, he had.
'I AM miserable
,' returned Madame Mantalini, evidently pouting.
And she began, forthwith, to tell her story--a tale so neat, simple, and artless that it was quite evident from hearing her that if ever there was a white-robed angel escaped from heaven to be subject to the infernal machinations and villainy of fiends here below, that spotless being--that miserable
unsullied martyr, was present on the bed before Jos--on the bed, sitting on the brandy-bottle.
Being restless and miserable
, and having no particular room to go to, I took a turn on the terrace, and thought it over in peace and quietness by myself.