Might there not be an irresistible desire to quaff a last, long, breathless draught of the cup of wormwood
and aloes, with which nearly all her years of womanhood had been perpetually flavoured.
Exhausted by emotion, my language was more subdued than it generally was when it developed that sad theme; and mindful of Helen's warnings against the indulgence of resentment, I infused into the narrative far less of gall and wormwood
Before Madame du Bousquier returned to town, Madame du Ronceret, one of her good friends, had driven out to Prebaudet to fling this corpse upon the roses of her joy, to show her the love she had ignored, and sweetly shed a thousand drops of wormwood
into the honey of her bridal month.
The valleys were destitute of herbage, and scantily clothed with a stunted species of wormwood
, generally known among traders and trappers by the name of sage.
The country in general was destitute of trees, but they passed through groves of wormwood
, eight and ten feet in height, which they used occasionally for fuel, and they met with large quantities of wild flax.
Yet there you lie and set your face against a compromise; and there you lie and taunt me with the thing that's gall and wormwood
to me already.
He walked along the meadow, dragging his feet, rustling the grass, and gazing at the dust that covered his boots; now he took big strides trying to keep to the footprints left on the meadow by the mowers, then he counted his steps, calculating how often he must walk from one strip to another to walk a mile, then he stripped the flowers from the wormwood
that grew along a boundary rut, rubbed them in his palms, and smelled their pungent, sweetly bitter scent.
It was gall and wormwood
to his soul to see that splendid, highly-accomplished woman, once so courted and admired, transformed into an active managing housewife, with hands and head continually occupied with household labours and household economy.
Sometimes they got onto a winter-rye field, or a fallow field on which they could see stalks of wormwood
, and straws sticking up through the snow and swaying in the wind; sometimes they came onto deep and even white snow, above which nothing was to be seen.
Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown, making the yellow soil express its summer thought in bean leaves and blossoms rather than in wormwood
and piper and millet grass, making the earth say beans instead of grass -- this was my daily work.
He hath filled me with bitterness - He hath made me drunken with wormwood
It begun then--at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin' on wormwood
an' thistles ever since--she's that bitter an' prickly ter deal with.