He fancied he saw something pathetically innocent in that frightened, sickly little face.
Next year he published Le Rhin, a series of letters from Germany, brilliant and vivid beyond all comparison, containing one of the most splendid stories for children ever written, and followed by a political supplement rather pathetically unprophetic in its predictions.
In 1890 he tells us how a grievous error had been committed in one of the first steps, and pathetically adds, "My spirit in the work was broken, and I have never heartily proceeded with it since."
In the Preface the author truly declared that he owed nothing to the great, and described the difficulties with which he had been left to struggle so forcibly and pathetically that the ablest and most malevolent of all the enemies of his fame, Horne Tooke, never could read that passage without tears.
He would have yelled something like, "How I feel about Sarah is none of your goddamn business and if you're so pathetically insecure maybe you don't deserve her!"
Despite looking like a little bruiser, he's incredibly needy, pathetically grateful for any kindness or attention shown him.
They look pathetically at you and hold big red hearts and felt flowers and things, in a slightly creepy way.
There was also something wonderfully refreshing in having characters swear when they're in trouble, rather than using pathetically tame, mild profanity.
Schubert's Masses show rather the influence of Beethoven's not very impressive first Mass, which they easily surpass in interest, though they rather pathetically show an ignorance cf the meaning of the Latin words.
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