Phrases with "hopeless"

This, the passion of his life, never asleep even in the hottest days of business or the most hopeless days of defeat, must have had full play during these days of suspended public employment. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

T. E. Lawrence Later, when the wave of war rolled thither, we found the hopeless crash, and two charred German bodies. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing London lay beneath the night like a city of hopeless toil, of aimless conflict, of frustration and barrenness. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. F. Benson She had bitter things to say about Mrs. Robinson. ‘That woman is a hopeless being: calculated to bring a curse wherever she goes, by the mixture of weakness, perversion and deceit in her nature. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. G. Wells It is something, even amidst this present happiness, to find leisure and opportunity to take up and partially realize these old and hopeless dreams. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Life did not seem quite such a hopeless affair when the little meal was finished. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing The life of a pure, gentle, tender-hearted woman worn away in hopeless longing and in hard struggle for daily bread. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells It plunged me into a pit of hopeless shame; there seemed to remain no pride for me in life until I had revenge. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Oscar Wilde Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

D. H. Lawrence The colliers standing by jerked aside their heads in hopeless comment. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton In love with Mabel? Not a bit! But the queer thing was that he did have a passion in those days — a blind, hopeless passion for Mrs. Lanfear! Yes: I know what I’m saying. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Nikolai Gogol To this was added indications of hopeless insanity. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

No, things were not so hopeless after all, for he had brought down one man, and he certainly would not be able to get away. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Thomas Hardy As the inimical plant could only be present in very microscopic dimensions to have escaped ordinary observation, to find it seemed rather a hopeless attempt in the stretch of rich grass before them. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It’s the most hopeless exhibition of levity I ever heard of. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Edith Wharton Don’t let it be the worst!” He made a hopeless gesture. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Kenneth Grahame The axles were in a hopeless state, and the missing wheel was shattered into pieces. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Gissing The finer qualities I once had survive in my memory, bat I know it is hopeless to try and recover them. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

In what manner the mental powers were first developed in the lowest organisms, is as hopeless an enquiry as how life itself first originated. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

John Galsworthy Not succeeding, he walked briskly on, and turned into his own square, and to his own habitat with its bay-treed tubs, its Danish roof, and almost hopeless cleanliness. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens At the expiration of that time, the symptoms of a serious illness first declared themselves in Mrs. Arthur Holliday. It turned out to be a long, lingering, hopeless malady. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant? And why do you look so cross?” “I’m not really cross,” he assured her, “but Arthur, when he likes, can be such a hopeless young ass. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Not that I didn’t revel in my madness, but that it seemed too hopeless a business, and I had no use for barren philandering. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Wilkie Collins She spoke in low, hopeless tones. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

From that day he gave up his wild life, but was a hopeless coward. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Still there was a hopeless comfort in writing them, in pouring out what she would not have written even if she had been sure that it would reach him safely. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Mark Twain Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along, and the village sank into a hopeless stupor. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Leslie Stephen How was he to reach some solid standing-ground above the hopeless mire of Grub Street? As a journeyman author he could make both ends meet, but only on condition of incessant labour. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Henry James As he glanced down at the two newspapers in their desert of green velvet he raised a hopeless uninterested glass to his eye. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins Inspired by this conviction, I began already to face our hopeless prospects boldly. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then she wrote a short note to the assistant, left it on the workroom table, and leaving the door upon the latch, set out upon her hopeless and piteous chase. A Sordid Affair by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins Hopeless infatuation! I don’t deny it; I don’t excuse it — hopeless infatuation! “You have forgiven me,” I said. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Gissing Could he win a confession from May Tomalin, why should it be hopeless to sway the mind of Lady Ogram? If that were deemed impossible, they had but to wait. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George MacDonald At length I became so hopeless of catching it, that I no longer troubled myself either to look for it by day, or lie in wait for it at night. Lilith by George MacDonald

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Joseph and the groom found marks on the bed outside the window, but the weather has been so dry lately that they found it hopeless to follow the trail across the grass. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Early rising and industrious habits will bring sleep, even when the heart is hopeless and the mind is weary. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It was a most risky and almost hopeless expedient; but the position was so critical that there was no other alternative to sitting still and waiting with folded hands for discovery. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Moreover, it’s hopeless to punish two houses only, so late in the term. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

How amazed would her still large circle of friends and acquaintances have been had they learnt how desperate and how hopeless was her own and her husband’s financial position. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

George Gissing At present she was in that maudlin condition which with her always preceded a period of hopeless intoxication. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Kingsley To get home over the plains without a compass seemed a hopeless matter. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Death brings him a hopeless patient, and bids him cure himself. The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein

I thought of the invisible sun ready to set into the sea, of the peons riding away, and of our helpless, hopeless state. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

No — it was no good; all further search was hopeless now. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Gissing Perhaps they were classical men nothing so hopeless as your classic. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was much to be done in very little time, so much that many would have thought it hopeless to attempt it. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells After that no body of men would stand against them, so hopeless was the enterprise. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Was there anything more to be done? Any possibility of employment that I had overlooked? As I posed the question again and again, I could find no answer but a hopeless negative. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry Kingsley It is hopeless to go on, and, I begin to fear, hopeless to go back. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Wilkie Collins But to make the prospect more hopeless still, he was at that very time the victim of a misplaced attachment to a lady who was engaged to another man. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Caroline Lamb Yet it was the calm of hopeless despair, when passion, too violent to shew itself by common means, concentrates itself at once around the heart, and steels it against every sentiment of mercy. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The younger dies a hopeless idiot and the elder lives on with a double dower of being. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Wilkie Collins Here is my lout of a boy — ” “You don’t mean that Frank has got another chance?” exclaimed Mr. Vanstone. “Here is this perfectly hopeless booby, Frank,” pursued the philosopher. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The lawyer looked at the superintendent, and said, “A hopeless case, sir. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

She cast into it a look of hopeless enquiry. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Margaret Oliphant Vincent, who was sinking down, down in hopeless circles of jealousy, miserable fierce rage and disappointment, answered, “10 Nameless Street, Piccadilly,” without an unnecessary word. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Wilkie Collins The natures of young girls are a hopeless puzzle to me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins At the expiration of that time the symptoms of a serious illness first declared themselves in Mrs. Arthur Holliday. It turned out to be a long, lingering, hopeless malady. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

I felt, as I stepped into the open air, as if I had quitted an happy nest of repose, for a dreary wilderness, a tortuous path, a bitter, joyless, hopeless pilgrimage. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing Of every two steps the waddlers took, one was a hopeless slip, and the spectacle presented by the unhappy birds in their effort to get along at a good round pace was ludicrous beyond resistance. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens Did he ever wrong me?” “Yes!” “Ah! Then it’s hopeless — hopeless. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Any appeal to her he knew would be as hopeless as to his partners. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

His case had been pronounced hopeless by a distinguished physician; but it is just possible the shock caused by the unexpected revelation of his crime may have hastened his end. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Gertrude Stein A kind of cataract is a hopeless stroke. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

The more I thought of it the more hopeless our case against him seemed to be. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Machen He struggled out and tottered along the road to the bridge and gazed with dim, hopeless eyes along the path of desire, into the heavy, burning mist in the far distance. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

George Gissing She got back to her room, and, hopeless of otherwise passing the time till Lydia’s return, lay down on the bed. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

A foreigner is at a hopeless disadvantage. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Machen The thing is a hopeless riddle, I suppose, and yet it must surely be of the greatest importance. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope The sum to be regained would not be worth the while of any lawyer to insure the hopeless expense of fighting such a battle. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton After all she did not know of his meeting with Mr. Buttles in Genoa, nor of the latter’s confidences; perhaps she did not even know of Mr. Buttles’s hopeless passion. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Henry Kingsley Where the past looks like a hell of missed opportunities, and the future like another black hopeless hell of uncertainty and imminent misfortune of all kinds! Oh, weary watches. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Well, if I was in for it — I was, but I would not anyhow crumple up and take the most hopeless view of everything straight away. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle By the end of their walk there seemed nothing left of the original Von Baumser except a tawny beard, and an expression of hopeless and overpowering astonishment. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope To go back utterly into the woods, away from river or road, and there to commence with 160 acres of forest, or even of prairie, would be a hopeless task even to an American settler. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen It was all like his own life, he said again to himself, a maze of unprofitable dreariness and desolation, and his mind grew as black and hopeless as the winter sky. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

George Gissing He devoted himself to his dinner in amiable silence, enjoying the consciousness that nearly an hour of occupation was before him, and that bed-time lay at no hopeless distance. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins Her case was pronounced to be hopeless from the first. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing There was toil enough there, it is true, but not toil of such a hopeless and repulsive kind as that among nature petrified by long years of vice and crime. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Johnny Corrigan was accordingly despatched with all speed to Donnel M’Cusker’s, the wheelwright, in order to get the heck mended, that being Biddy’s last but hopeless chance. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Anna Katherine Green At the authoritative advance of the old detective, the woman, whose eye he had caught, attempted to struggle to her feet, but desisted after a moment of hopeless effort, and sank back in her chair. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Bless me if I understand!” As it was impossible to throw the right light on this commercial transaction I left him to his lamentations and under the impression that I was a hopeless fool. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Joseph Furphy Still, to my washed-out mind, there was something so hopeless in the lunar and stellar outlook that, for comfort, I turned my eyes toward the station cemetery, which was dimly in view. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

E. Phillips Oppenheim The hopeless weariness of those days behind the counter, the miserable humiliation of it, the web of bitter despair drawn so closely and inevitably around her. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Anthony Trollope What are you to do? You surely will not willingly continue to indulge a hopeless passion?’ ‘Selina, you’ll drive me mad; if you go on! Let me have my own way. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

It is a deadly thing to see a skilled man running to seed, year after year, in utter, hopeless idleness. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Amid hopeless struggles, supplications for mercy, and shrieks of despair, he was bound, raised, and lowered into the area. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Virginia Woolf I could help you?” “I’m hopeless without your help!” he exclaimed passionately, but withdrew his hand and turned his back. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Theodore Dreiser But the consciousness that he was at hopeless variance with his family weighed upon him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Laurence Sterne As I darkened the little light he had, he lifted up a hopeless eye towards the door, then cast it down, — shook his head, and went on with his work of affliction. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Florence Dixie The silvering head sank down upon his arms outstretched upon the table, and the miserable, fallen, hopeless man burst into a terrible fit of weeping. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Wilkie Collins Her father was pining in the prison, charged with an offense of which he was innocent; and she herself was suffering the tortures of hopeless love. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Letters, receipts, bills, inventories and tax-papers were mingled in hopeless confusion; and among these Mrs. Barkamb set to work to search for Captain Maldon’s letter. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ford Madox Ford I have seen his eyes filled with tears at reading of a hopeless parting. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Rafael Sabatini And now his case was become more hopeless than before. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Conan Doyle In the case of my clothes, however, it was so hopeless to clean them that I gave it up in despair. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins It was equally hopeless to wait until the policeman passed on his beat, and to call for help. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jack London Revenge was the ruling motive, and the members of the terroristic organizations were careless of their own lives and hopeless about the future. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Certainly I sha’n’t try anything so hopeless as comforting a person who is resolved to be miserable. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

H. G. Wells For a time Mr. Wace remained in the shop, trying the dealer’s patience with hopeless questions, venting his own exasperation. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Was she to bear a hopeless child? “You have hope. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens For five days and a half, it seemed quite useless and hopeless to alter the ship’s course so as to stand out of the way of this ice. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

D. H. Lawrence Only she wept from fathomless depths of hopeless, hopeless grief, the terrible grief of a child, that knows no extenuation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The nature of the bereavement, far more terrible than death — its recent occurrence — the distracting consciousness of all its complicated consequences — rendered this a hopeless task. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James There was something hopeless and oppressive in having to argue with her father; but she too, on her side, must try to be clear. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Occasionally, a single victim presents in its fall a more striking picture of disaster than a number of others piled up in hopeless confusion. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Hardy With his hands behind him he turned away, that she might not see the hopeless disappointment in his face. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He had become apparently a hopeless gambler. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells In 1928 the United States of America still believed itself the most prosperous country in the world; in 1933 its unemployed were more hopeless and formidable than those of any other continent. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

It was all hopeless insanity, and yet somehow I did it. Prester John by John Buchan

Nellie Bly It would be a hopeless thing for a man to go to Hong Kong in search of employment. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Eliot Baldassarre was feeling the edge of his poniard, taking refuge in that sensation from a hopeless blank of thought that seemed to lie like a great gulf between his passion and its aim. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wilkie Collins I was just in time to see her tear open the garden gate, and set forth on her walk back at a pace which made it hopeless to attempt to follow and stop her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope But, Mrs Jones, will you do me a favour?’ ‘Certainly.’ ‘Any will you let me explain something?’ ‘Anything you like; — from a hopeless engagement down to a broken garter. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The tracts of grey turf looked useless, the occasional wind-stricken trees looked useless, but we, the human beings, more useless than the hopeless turf or the idle trees. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Guy de Maupassant For a week she was believed to be in a hopeless condition. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli The despair came over him that involves a man engaged in a hopeless contest with a remorseless power. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Miles Franklin My mother was busy upon piles and piles of wearying mending, which was one of the most hopeless of the many slaveries of her life. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H.P. Lovecraft They had heard he was an antiquarian, but even the most hopeless antiquarians do not make daily use of obsolete phraseology and gestures. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Mark Twain In their faces is a settled expression of melancholy, an air of hopeless despondency. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Bram Stoker Oh, Lucy, Lucy, I cannot be angry with you, nor can I be angry with my friend whose happiness is yours, but I must only wait on hopeless and work. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Clifford felt his father was a hopeless anachronism. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

But now things seemed more hopeless than ever. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins She crept exhausted to her bed, the most helpless, hopeless creature on the wide surface of the earth — a girl self-devoted to the task of a man. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Maria Edgeworth We all know what astonishing metamorphoses are sometimes wrought even on the most hopeless subjects, by seeing something of the world, by serving a campaign or two. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

The one completely hopeless thing would be to tell her just where I’d spent that week, and why. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Jane Austen She counted the days that must intervene before their invitation could be sent; hopeless of seeing him before. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Elizabeth Gaskell Quick they were whirled over long, straight, hopeless streets of regularly-built houses, all small and of brick. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

W. W. Jacobs What chance ‘ave we got after that?” The seaman shook his head, and after sitting for some time in silence, went ashore with the cook and drank himself into a state of hopeless pessimism. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

And it was with an aspect of hopeless vacancy that he gave up his intellectual enterprise. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Robert Louis Stevenson This is the real antithesis of tragedy, where things get blacker and blacker and end in hopeless woe. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Washington Irving Poverty, repining and hopeless poverty, a canker of the mind unknown in savage life, corrodes their spirits, and blights every free and noble quality of their natures. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

T. E. Lawrence The Turks’ hopeless lack of initiative made their army a ‘directed’ one, so that by destroying the telegraphs we went far towards turning them into a leaderless mob. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

For a moment they looked at one another; — a sullen gloom set in the man’s flaming eyes; a wild reproach and a hopeless defiance in the boy’s. Signa by Ouida

France ——” He stretched his arms outward as he spoke, with the vain longing of a hopeless love. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Gissing In fact, he had never had those tastes which bring a man to hopeless sottishness. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

G. K. Chesterton He clearly considered it hopeless to attempt to get up, so Dalroy, striding across to him, lugged him up by his shirt collar and exhibited him, limp and wild-eyed to the company. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell You have cheered me, my darling; for one moment, for an atom of time, I thought I might call you my own sister in the spirit; but the excitement is past, and I am now as wretched and hopeless as ever. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Babalatchi’s hand grasped the handle with the energy of despair, and as he turned, the deep gloom on his countenance changed into an expression of hopeless resignation. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope Eames had gone thither impelled by a foolish desire to declare to her his hopeless love, and she had answered him by telling him that she loved Mr Crosbie better than all the world besides. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The little man was fatigued and shamed to the pitch of hopeless bitterness, and came to a stop at last, face to face with his seated master. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

This preoccupation conveyed to the Surgeon-Major’s wife the suggestion that Mr. Chichele was the victim of a hopeless attachment. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

It would be hopeless to attempt to scale the cliffs. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Not until Frank had been for some months chained in his den, did it occur to himself to make those cries, so hopeless was he of their being heard below to any good purpose. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Traugott was now tortured to excess by this state of hopeless pain. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Alas! When I had full leisure to look on life as life must be looked on by such as me, I found it but a hopeless desert: tawny sands, with no green fields, no palm-tree, no well in view. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

And Strobo played wailing Hungarian airs with sudden little shakes of hopeless laughter in them. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

It should have been a hopeless affair—the last sight of the lady on a spur of coast with water on three sides—that kind of thing, you know. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Wilkie Collins Nobody knows better than she does how faithfully I love you, and how hopeless it would be to attempt to make me marry another man. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

And the foolish man, instead of saving up out of his wages, spent the remnant in buying pretty things for Grizzel. It was a hopeless case. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

His mental inability to grasp the hopeless nature of his case as a whole saved him from suicide. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

D. H. Lawrence Meanwhile the shops began to take on a hopeless and frowsy look. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Was it come to this, that the world was hopeless for him? One would have said not. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

He used a set of elegant gestures to accent the comedy of his bent, hopeless figure and wore a special costume, dressing like a banker, a cheap, unconvincing, imitation banker. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Hayle must have realized his terrible position, for there was a look of abject, hopeless terror upon his face. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

From that evening, in fact, they watched for every opportunity to twit her about her hopeless dream. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing Sidwell’s six months in London might banish him from her mind, might substitute some rival against whom it would be hopeless to contend. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle She could only lie with that fixed hopeless stare like some fierce creature in a fatal trap. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

I would say, offhand, that it is a man who had a hopeless case of the peculiar New York disease of wanting to see and know. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Sinclair Lewis It belonged now to a professor, but he had five children and a crippled wife; it was as smeary and hopeless as something in factory slums. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle In one place only, along the Monatsimon road, there was a single belt of thick woods, whose luxuriance only served to aggravate the hopeless waste around them. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle Certainly Smith pursued his hopeless suit with a vigour which astonished us. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

We knew what those convoys were like: appalling mobs of hopeless wretches driven on by the butts of Cossacks’ lances, back to the frozen inferno, with their faces set away from their homes. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

We haven’t an idea where we are, and it’s hopeless to make a move until daylight. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

George Gissing For all that, he had no sense of a hopeless discord in his wedded life; he suffered from no disillusion, with its attendant bitterness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

At the end of a few months it was discovered that the manager of the People’s Journal kept no books, and that the affairs of the paper were in hopeless confusion. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Violence was the only law, and those who escaped in that terrible day yielded themselves in hopeless misery to the disorders they could not avert or control. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

The only communication which she had received from any of her Lincolnshire relations had been a letter from my uncle Hubert, in reply to one of hers telling him of my hopeless state. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

His object in accompanying the expedition even thus far is not clear, but he evidently got some payment, and that the expedition was a hopeless one he must have known from the first. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

He recalled the dreary, solitary, hopeless life he had led there, and said to himself that the Marquis de Bruyeres ought to be a very happy man, with so much to make his existence delightful. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Others would live on, and know the living death, the ensuing process of hopeless chaos. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells It is hopeless and impossible therefore for individual persons and firms to think of going into Russia to trade. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

He was not overtired by his vigil, nor in that extreme weariness was the vision of a hopeless honour renewed. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

The storm had passed in the afternoon into a resolute and blinding snow, and the shepherd, finding it hopeless on the hill, came home about three o’clock. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell After he recovered, he seems to have been hopeless of doing any good in such a climate, and among such a people. The Shah’s English Gardener by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

It’s hopeless trying to knock a polo ball about in this muck. Burmese Days by George Orwell

A redoubt, which has fallen into the enemy’s hands, must be recaptured at any price, and under circumstances of all but hopeless difficulty. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

But, once you had seen her eyes, and comprehended the great sadness that was revealed in their deep shadows and hopeless expression, you saw that the woman lived only in some memory. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft To call it a dull wail, a doom-dragged whine, or a hopeless howl of chorused anguish and stricken flesh without mind would be to miss its quintessential loathsomeness and soul-sickening overtones. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

I thought it would be hopeless to attempt to prevail upon any of the ship’s crew to take twelve months more upon California in the brig. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Theodore Dreiser That fact more than anything else — for her grace and beauty merely emblazoned it — caused him to fall into a hopeless infatuation. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells For a moment perhaps I stood there, breast-high in the almost boiling water, dumbfounded at my position, hopeless of escape. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Ann Radcliffe Julia lay fainting with terror and sickness in the cabin, and Ferdinand, though almost hopeless himself, was endeavouring to support her, when aloud and dreadful crash was heard from above. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Miles Franklin I was sorry for Big Ears’ hopeless passion for Edmée, and motioned him to come and sit on the other side of me on the couch on which we were sitting. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

But he looked everywhere in vain for a ladder, realising at once that it was quite hopeless to attempt to scale the high wall without one. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

She spoke to him as frankly as though that miserable mortal envelope, emptied of everything but hopeless passion, were indeed the son of a duke. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Washington Irving She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul in the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless — for it is a bankruptcy of the heart. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Gissing Thyrza, it seemed to her, was worldly in the most hopeless way. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He debated within himself whether it would not be better to extinguish the consuming fire within him in the ice-cold waves than to be slowly tortured to death by hopeless pain. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Arthur Conan Doyle I took my bearings from the sun, for the compass was hopeless and no trace of earth was to be seen — nothing but the distant, silver cloud-plain. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

A story of love the fondest, truest, most unworldly, ending in hopeless sorrow. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope She had therefore allowed herself to believe all evil of this man, and from the very first had set him down in her heart as a hopeless sinner. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The police made one rush to follow, and then dropped so grotesque and hopeless a chase. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells The dogs of the district would be stirred to hopeless emulation, and would keep it up for long after the Three Ps had been swallowed up by the night. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

But it is bad even for pure romance purposes: and nearly hopeless for the panoramic and kaleidoscopic variety which should characterise the novel. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Anthony Hope Will they kill him, to put you in?” It was a wild planwilder even and more hopeless than the trick we had already carried through; but as I listened to Sapt I saw the strong points in our game. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

R. D. Blackmore For flies, of innumerable sorts and sizes, held a hopeless buzz above him, being put upon their mettle to get at him, and perishing sweetly in the vain attempt. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Mark Twain Still, to get to Egypt, was something, in the eyes of the unfortunate colonists, hopeless as the prospect seemed of ever getting further. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Still, it’s hopeless to dream of following him, for they’ll have come in a car, of course, and theirs may be parked in the opposite direction to ours. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]