What do you mean when you call someone 'dear soul'?
Example: He wrote a letter to his mother, "It is sweet to me to think of Jane with your sweet motherly arms around her. The dear soul gets these fits of depression, and then her remorse is terrible and she writes, poor soul, as if she had done some awful thing."
And 'poor soul'?
The phrase "dear soul" is, I am quite sure, a term of affection. (There is a movie titled "Terms of Endearment" which I recommend. "Endearment" is the same as affection.) It's hard to be more specific that that.
The phrase "poor soul" is a phrase expressing sympathy.
Re: dear soul
What Ronbee nicely provided, plus:
Originally Posted by sunjuvo
The adjective 'dear' means, beloved, much esteemed.
Originally Posted by etymonline.com
dear soul = beloved person
The adjective 'poor' means, deserving pity or sympathy.
poor soul = a person who deserves pity or sympathy.
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