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Suffering

aloe
symbol of suffering. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 71]
Andersonville
horrible Civil War prison where 12,926 Union soldiers died. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 18]
Bataan
site of U.S.-Filipino army “death march” (1943). [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 867–868]
Black hole of Calcutta
146 Britishers imprisoned in small, stifling room (1756). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
Chiron
centaur, gave up his immortality in order to end the intolerable suffering accidentally inflicted by one of Heracles’ poisoned arrows. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 194]
Concentration Camps
where millions of Jews were starved, experimented on, and exterminated by Nazis (1939–1945). [Eur. Hist.: Misc.]
Gethsemane garden
east of Jerusalem where Jesus suffered in anguished fatigue. [N.T.: Matthew 26:36; Mark 14:32]
Hiroshima
where the atomic bomb was dropped (August 6, 1945). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 626]
Io
having been changed into a heifer by Zeus, pestered by gadfly sent by Hera. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 292]
J.B
. Job’s trials in modern setting and idiom. [Am. Lit.: J.B.]
Job
beset with calamities. [O.T.: Job 1:13–22; 2:6–10]
Mauperin, Renée
undergoes lingering and anguished death from guilt. [Fr. Lit.: Renée Mauperin]
Orestes
persecuted and tormented by Furies. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 271; Gk. Lit.: The Eumenides]
Philoctetes
Greek hero, bitten by a serpent, suffers agonies for ten years. [Gk. Drama: Sophocles Philoctetes in Magill III, 741]
prisoner of Chillon
chained for years in a damp, dark dungeon with his brothers, watches them die. [Br. Lit.: Byron The Prisoner of Chillon in Benét, 817]
Prometheus
chained to rock while vulture fed on his liver. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 221]
Raft of the Medusa, The
realistically portrays anguished ship’s crew. [Fr. Art: Daniel, 166]
Smith, Winston
beaten and tortured with rats for conspiring against the totalitarian regime. [Br. Lit.: George Orwell 1984]
Tantalus
condemned to Tartarus with food and water always just out of reach; hence, tantalize. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 253]
Valley Forge
winter quarters of Washington’s underfed, under-clothed Continental army (1778). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 519]
References in classic literature ?
Elinor, Elinor, they who suffer little may be proud and independent as they like--may resist insult, or return mortification--but I cannot.
No--not worse," said Adam, bitterly; "I don't believe it's worse-- I'd sooner do it--I'd sooner do a wickedness as I could suffer for by myself than ha' brought HER to do wickedness and then stand by and see 'em punish her while they let me alone; and all for a bit o' pleasure, as, if he'd had a man's heart in him, he'd ha' cut his hand off sooner than he'd ha' taken it.
You think it doesn't matter as she lies there in shame and misery, and he knows nothing about it--he suffers nothing.
I did not say he was to suffer, my lord, a fifteen-franc boarder does not suffer.
And then, really," said Baisemeaux to his next in command, "an ordinary prisoner is already unhappy enough in being a prisoner; he suffers quite enough, indeed, to induce one to hope, charitably enough, that his death may not be far distant.
If you could imagine any one obtaining this power of becoming invisible, and never doing any wrong or touching what was another's, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot, although they would praise him to one another's faces, and keep up appearances with one another from a fear that they too might suffer injustice.
There is," replied Sophia, "a lady of quality in London, a relation of mine, who spent several months with my aunt in the country; during all which time she treated me with great kindness, and expressed so much pleasure in my company, that she earnestly desired my aunt to suffer me to go with her to London.
For as for your own horse, as all the servants know a little how matters stand between my master and your la'ship, Robin will be hanged before he will suffer it to go out of the stable without my master's express orders.
But Honour was inspired by no such motive; she had no raptures to expect, nor any terrors to shun; and besides the real value of her clothes, in which consisted a great part of her fortune, she had a capricious fondness for several gowns, and other things; either because they became her, or because they were given her by such a particular person; because she had bought them lately, or because she had had them long; or for some other reasons equally good; so that she could not endure the thoughts of leaving the poor things behind her exposed to the mercy of Western, who, she doubted not, would in his rage make them suffer martyrdom.
He would be rejected, would suffer greatly and be killed.
He didn't suffer for his crimes nor did any of his family suffer enduring him suffer.
Evil is evil and not good, but perfect people (like Job, Jesus, Mohammad, and others) can transform the evil that they suffer into an opportunity for the betterment of themselves and others.