sorry to say

sorry to say

also sad to say
I regret telling you this Sorry to say, the violin was never found.
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I am sorry to say that I have never learnt to read or write.
The American types here are not, I am sorry to say, so interesting as they might be, and, excepting myself; are exclusively feminine.
I'm sorry to say that your landlord's wery bad to-night, Sir,' said Roker, setting down the glass, and inspecting the lining of his hat preparatory to putting it on again.
Maclean gave me four hundred pounds to put in the bank, sir,' began John; 'and I'm sorry to say that I've been robbed of it
The winter is not far off, game is getting scarcer and scarcer, our stock of provisions is running low, and the sick--especially, I am sorry to say, the sick in the
I am sorry to say that three of the women-servants -- the house-maid, the kitchen-maid, and even our own maid (to whom I am sure we have always been kind) -- took advantage of your having paid them their wages to pack up and go as soon as your back was turned.
Indeed, I am sorry to say there was too much reason for this conjecture; the lad having from his earliest years discovered a propensity to many vices, and especially to one which hath as direct a tendency as any other to that fate which we have just now observed to have been prophetically denounced against him: he had been already convicted of three robberies, viz.
Wilcox about you, as I promised, and am sorry to say that he has no vacancy for you.
belonging, I am sorry to say, to the Popish Church), spoke for me to the steward of a club.
I wish we could bring dear Frederica too, but I am sorry to say that her mother's errand hither was to fetch her away; and, miserable as it made the poor girl, it was impossible to detain her.
I am sorry to say, ma'am, in a most unhappy rupture:-- Edward is dismissed for ever from his mother's notice.
Goodfellow), so far from pushing the suspicious circumstances to extremity, which he was sorry to say, really had arisen against Mr.
Dick was so very complacent, sitting on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, and telling me this, with his eyes wide open and a surprised smile, that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation; but I was soon bitterly reproved for this harshness, by seeing his face turn pale, and tears course down his lengthened cheeks, while he fixed upon me a look of such unutterable woe, that it might have softened a far harder heart than mine.
Darcy than he has received; and I am sorry to say by his account as well as his sister's, Mr.
These family topics are so extremely dry, that I am sorry to say they don't admit of any such relief.