Which preposition to use with waifs

of Occurrences 29%

Not until she was in her own room, seated in a comfortable chair and gazing at them anxiously, did they tell the poor waif of the good fortune in store for her.

from Occurrences 11%

What would not this waif from the grim underworld of New York have given for such clear eyes, pure mind and unsullied heart?

in Occurrences 5%

He had been a waif in his early days, some stray from the mountains near the frontier, where dogs are trained to smuggle.

ON Occurrences 4%


with Occurrences 3%

Then a man started up at the mare's cry, and seeing Sindbad, bore him to an underground chamber, where he regaled the waif with plenteous food.

at Occurrences 2%

It was he who had laid his hand on my head, when a forlorn little waif at the Fort, tenderly saying, "Poor little girl, I wish I could give back what you have lost!" To me, Captain Sutter had long been the embodiment of all that was good and grand; and now I longed to touch his hand and whisper to him gratitude too sacred for strangers' ears.

by Occurrences 2%

Indeed, the small waif by the fire was emitting a series of noises that seemed a queer mixture of low growls and whinesevidence unimpeachable that he had been correctly named.

to Occurrences 2%

He noted everything, from the saucy street waif to the sorrowful prison child, from the poor little drudge to the brutal schoolmaster, and he transplanted them from life to fiction, in such characters as Sam Weller, Little Dorrit, the Marchioness, Mr. Squeers, and a hundred others.

into Occurrences 1%

In 1870, Isabella Thoburn gathered six little waifs into her first school in India, a one-roomed building in the noisy, dusty bazaar of Lucknow.

for Occurrences 1%

There is a little bit of romance about me that will strike out in spite of all my worldliness; and it will be so pretty to have an 'ocean-waif for an attendantit will read so well in the papers!

under Occurrences 1%

LAZZARONI, an indolent class of waifs under a chief who used to lounge about Naples, and proved formidable in periods of revolution; they subsisted partly by service as messengers, porters, &c., and partly as beggars.

like Occurrences 1%

"Yes, but it's so near Christmas that I suppose he won't bother about two waifs like us until after it's over.

Which preposition to use with  waifs