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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.
I had chiefly been my own enemy, or, as I may rightly say, I had been nobody's enemy but my own; but now I was woefully embarrassed: for though I was perfectly innocent, I was in no condition to make that innocence appear; and if I had been taken, it had been under a supposed guilt of the worst kind.
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!
KARACHI -- The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) has said the new proposed law and reforms regarding the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are woefully inadequate and need to be carefully drafted.
A NEW figurehead could be appointed to spearhead efforts to improve "woefully underfunded" walking, cycling, and public transport infrastructure in the North of Tyne.
NASUWT Cymru, Wales' largest teaching union, criticised it as "woefully inadequate", while the National Association of Head Teachers Cymru said it was unlikely to be sufficient and the National Education Union Cymru said it would only go "some way" to help.
A flagship renovation project of one of Aberdeen's oldest buildings has been branded "woefully late and tragically over budget".
The fine-boy actor from Kwame Nkrumah country has landed himself in a very big trouble as Olofofos said he is currently in serious debt after he decided to put a huge sum of money into gambling and he lost woefully.
STOPPING distances in the Highway Code are woefully short because they underestimate drivers' thinking time, road safety campaigners have claimed.