wistfulness


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a sadly pensive longing

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It still regarded them with the merciless wistfulness of hunger.
"He kept on looking out past me with fiery, longing eyes, with a mingled expression of wistfulness and hate.
Nutty and Miss Leonard were repeatedly leaving the table to tread the measure, and on these occasions the Good Sport's wistfulness was a haunting reproach.
"And bold, and fearless, lad!" continued the trapper, looking up into the eyes of his companion, with a wistfulness that bespoke the delight he received in listening to the praises of one, whom it was so very evident, he had once tenderly loved.
Just now some secret sorrow seemed to be troubling her, for on her forehead were wrinkles and in her eyes a look of wistfulness. She had, in fact, all the distinguishing marks of one who is thinking of her sailor lover.
She was always the same--sweet and kind and helpful--but always there was about her manner and her expression just a trace of wistfulness, and often she sat and looked at the man when he did not know it, her brows puckered in thought as though she were trying to fathom and to understand him.
It never occurred to Tom, when Maud sat watching him with her face full of wistfulness, that she wanted to be petted as much as ever he did in his neglected boyhood, or that when he called her "Pug" before people, her little feelings were as deeply wounded as his used to be, when the boys called him "Carrots." He was fond of her in his fashion, but he did n't take the trouble to show it, so Maud worshipped him afar off, afraid to betray the affection that no rebuff could kill or cool.
At the mention of Samuel I could have sworn to a strange light in her eyes, and it seemed to me, as by some telepathic flash, that I divined in her a tremendous wistfulness, an immense yearning.
A sharp moon was fighting with the flying rags and tatters of a storm, and Valentin regarded it with a wistfulness unusual in such scientific natures as his.
It's a popular adage that combines wisdom, wistfulness and a smidgen of jealousy.
He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.
From 3pm the cathedral concert features music and poetry that reflects on the range of emotions stirred up by the war - jingoism, optimism, realisation, wistfulness and regret.
Thundering bassist Alastair Whitehead has a softer voice than Evans, but with a hint of world-weary wistfulness.
Alan Bennett is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.
For example, in 'Face XVI' (oil on canvas) the wistfulness in the woman's eyes suggests that the backstory of the character has turned her 'present' into an apparitional being whose body is pretty much intact.