Sympathetic, sad concern for someone in misfortune
There was compassion in her sparkling gaze despite the gentle humor in her voice.
Still, as welcome as his compassion was, it only served to increase her tears.
"Kindness and compassion aren't weaknesses," she countered.
Martha was unable to get by her natural compassion of the moment and look at a long term goal.
He stared at her and for a second she thought there was a glimmer of the old compassion - but then it was gone.