1 I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend.
2 Surprise, horror, and misery were strongly expressed.
3 But when he entered, misery and despair alone welcomed him.
4 Our lives will not be happy, but they will be harmless and free from the misery I now feel.
5 I will not lead you on, unguarded and ardent as I then was, to your destruction and infallible misery.
6 I had been awake the whole of the preceding night, my nerves were agitated, and my eyes inflamed by watching and misery.
7 I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery.
8 I desired that I might pass my life on that barren rock, wearily, it is true, but uninterrupted by any sudden shock of misery.
9 I do not know what you mean," replied my brother, in accents of wonder, "but to us the discovery we have made completes our misery.
10 Yet, although unhappy, he is not so utterly occupied by his own misery but that he interests himself deeply in the projects of others.
11 Elizabeth also wept and was unhappy, but hers also was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides but cannot tarnish its brightness.
12 My journey had been my own suggestion, and Elizabeth therefore acquiesced, but she was filled with disquiet at the idea of my suffering, away from her, the inroads of misery and grief.
13 I said in one of my letters, my dear Margaret, that I should find no friend on the wide ocean; yet I have found a man who, before his spirit had been broken by misery, I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart.
14 Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery and be overwhelmed by disappointments, yet when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.
15 You come to us now to share a misery which nothing can alleviate; yet your presence will, I hope, revive our father, who seems sinking under his misfortune; and your persuasions will induce poor Elizabeth to cease her vain and tormenting self-accusations.
16 Before, I looked upon the accounts of vice and injustice that I read in books or heard from others as tales of ancient days or imaginary evils; at least they were remote and more familiar to reason than to the imagination; but now misery has come home, and men appear to me as monsters thirsting for each other's blood.
17 The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food; but a circumstance that happened when I arrived on the confines of Switzerland, when the sun had recovered its warmth and the earth again began to look green, confirmed in an especial manner the bitterness and horror of my feelings.
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