Phrases with "hopeless"

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

Arthur Morrison But it was the hopeless injustice of things that shook him to the soul. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

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]

H. G. Wells They stress the hopeless indeterminateness of the preceding parliamentary régime more than I should do. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

Wilkie Collins Writing of it now, in cool blood, this seems as wild and hopeless a plan as ever was imagined. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

Yet he well knew, and had well weighed, all he surrendered in that promise — the promise to condemn himself to a barren and hopeless fate forever. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Joseph Furphy He had been speaking with an effort, and a haggard, hopeless look was intensifying in his face. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Had I done so, I might not have been crouching here a disappointed and hopeless man, while she — “But I am running beyond my tale. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

In short you fall into hopeless contradiction. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Sinclair Lewis They were as hopeless as I was. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens We had made some pale efforts in the beginning to applaud Mr. Wopsle; but they were too hopeless to be persisted in. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

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]

Lady Verner fell into a state of hopeless melancholy, in which she continued for many years, and during that period, of course, her wealth accumulated, and is now very great indeed. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

M. P. Shiel But how so? Could it be that she—those artist folk—had shrewdness to know the reading of riddles so quaint and dubious? For him it was wholly a hopeless matter. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft The population is a hopeless tangle and enigma; Syrian, Spanish, Italian, and Negro elements impinging upon one another, and fragments of Scandinavian and American belts lying not far distant. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

This loathsome fowl, perched upon the topmost stick of a blasted calabash tree, struck Burton as the most appropriate emblem of rotten and hopeless Dahomey. 204 See Wanderings in West Africa, vol. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith But they were a hopeless couple, they were so friendly. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Rudyard Kipling The letters were so dreary and hopeless and touching. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Gissing He said to himself that he had grown old in hopeless love—only to doubt in the end whether he had loved at all. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson But the Tales of a Grandfather stand in my way; I am teaching them to Austin now, and they have all Scott’s defects and all Scott’s hopeless merit. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

The cause of this outrage naturally escaping the girl’s imagination her attitude was in effect that of dense, hopeless stupidity. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

And, indeed, in downright depressing spectacles, a hopeless summer’s day in the Thames Valley is exceptionally rich. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

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

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]

Jobson and the rest did not feel it, I with my finer senses caught nothing but the hopeless sadness of it. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been recognized as men are recognized when they stand in the red glare of a house on fire; the same despair of help, of hopeless farewell to life, stamped on their faces in blood-red light. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Machen It was rather a goblin’s castle than a city of delights; if indeed it had not become a place of punishment wherein I was condemned to hard labour through many dreary and hopeless years. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

George Gissing He purchased a book as often as he could reconcile himself to the outlay, and his knowledge grew, though he seemed to himself ever on the mere threshold of the promised land, hopeless of admission. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Only I’m sorry that you should be mixed up in such a hopeless business. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

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

Wilkie Collins She was just making the hopeless attempt to rest her weary limbs on the sofa, when the sound of voices and footsteps in the passage caught her ear. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James She would do him one justice, however: he had never, so far as she knew, had the impudence to represent himself as anything but hopeless and helpless. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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

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]

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]

Arnold Bennett After half a morning spent chiefly in listening to Constance’s hopeless comments on the monstrous letter, Sophia said suddenly that she must take the dogs for an airing. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

However, if not to think of him at all were a hopeless undertaking, yet Lucia succeeded up to a certain point, in thinking less about him, and less intensely than her heart would have wished. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Walter Scott No — to the shame of the male sex be it spoken, that no degree of hopeless love, however desperate and sincere, can ever continue for years to embitter life. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Walter Scott It would not be readily supposed that a road so hopeless and so difficult could lead to any habitation more important than the summer shealing of a shepherd. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

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]

Ivan Turgenev Another year passed by, during which Kapiton became a hopeless drunkard, and as being absolutely of no use for anything, was sent away with the store waggons to a distant village with his wife. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Still, I knew that even civilized people would not necessarily be any kinder than savages, and that I might be seized and flung into hopeless imprisonment or slavery. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

That it is hopeless — impossible. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

If he could actually handle a book that I had written he might believe that I wasn’t so hopeless a bet after all. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells The fact that the counting-house is in a hopeless mess because of its desperate attempts to ignore the protean nature of money, will become more manifest as it becomes less important. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

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]

She found retirement better calculated for overcoming a hopeless passion than noise and flutter. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Bronislaw Malinowski Where there was a hopeless contradiction, it was carefully pointed out. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

And now, my lord, that I see how hopeless the position of the king is, tell me with what you are charged on the part of my royal husband. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Abraham Merri The firs seemed to crouch like hopeless men with heads in hands. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Charles Dickens There was the same thick air, difficult to breathe; the same blighted ground, the same hopeless prospect, the same misery and distress. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I sat quite still and hopeless while the beat grew louder. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Sinclair Lewis He understood why beggars, hopeless at night on winter doorsteps, crouched themselves together. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Florence Dixie So the bright, gay life she had been leading was all to come to an end, and in its place black poverty and weary, hopeless struggling to make ends meet. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

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

George Gissing In writing her poor novel she had lived again through the story enacted at Teignmouth, and her heart failed beneath its burden of hopeless longing. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle So hopeless was it and so pitiable that I could have found it in my heart to wish that they would break and fly, were it not that on the broad moor there was no refuge which they could make for. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Paris, Rome! And a month ago I was a hopeless slave in a vile manufacturing town. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells I had only a sense of grey desolation, of hopeless cross-purposes. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Fosse is hopeless — Laverlaw pretty well perfect. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

But it was evidently hopeless to seek for the “ole man” in these parts, and I had long been anxious to see Sánga-Tánga; we therefore agreed nem. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

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]

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

Theodore Dreiser She was more hopeless than Mrs. Morgan, who had recovered somewhat, and was now saying her lines clearly at least. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins A hopeless depression, a sullen despair, showed itself in her look and manner. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

D. H. Lawrence It’s a last step towards an end, a hopeless end. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

George Meredith A boy with a noble appetite is never a hopeless lock. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

Samuel Johnson How he spent the rest of his time, and how he employed his hours of study, has been inquired with hopeless curiosity. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins The bright young face was sad with the first hopeless sorrow which the old man had yet seen in it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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]

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]

Andrew Lang And so it did; and the man felt it was a hopeless chase, and that he was no match for the fox. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins To make the prospect more hopeless still, the beloved object proved, on this occasion, to be a bold enough woman to play her trump card at starting. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Walter Scott All without and within the kingdom is adverse to encountering a hopeless struggle, and you alone, sir, seem willing to undertake a desperate enterprise. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

George Gissing For the first time he was fully conscious of what it meant to quit Wanley for ever; the past revealed itself to him, lovelier and more loved because parted from him by so hopeless a gulf. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell When she had become acquainted with the people and ways at Brussels her life became monotonous, and she fell into the same hopeless state as at Miss W-‘s, though in a less degree. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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

At last he grew so tired and hopeless that he threw down the bundle of sticks, and cried out: “I cannot bear this life any longer. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

E. Phillips Oppenheim Here, my young friend, you are, in plain parlance, up against a hopeless proposition. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Virginia Woolf Somewhere between the two lies the influence described by D. H. Lawrence: ‘It is hopeless for me to try to do anything without I have a woman at the back of me . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

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]

Theodore Dreiser That hopeless example had fallen under the lance of the director’s criticism. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

To begin with, the red-faced manager of the bank was more hopeless than ever as to what my appearance was like, and it was the same with his companion. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

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]

It is hopeless to attempt to convince any one of the truth of the above proposition without giving the long array of facts which I have collected, and which cannot possibly be here introduced. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Arthur Morrison To find it again would be a hopeless task, unless by chance the navvy should discover his mistake and return to the barber’s to make a rectification of hats. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

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]

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

E. T. A. Hoffmann But in the unspeakable delirious delight of the moment he was clasped as if in red-hot arms by the fiery pain of hopeless love. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he gave an abrupt order, and the prisoners were hurried in a miserable, hopeless drove to the cluster of kneeling camels. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

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]

He died by his own hand at Alexandria in a fit of depression caused by hopeless illness. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope Till it was quite hopeless with you I went on, and would have gone on. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I strode through the empty streets with a sort of hopeless fury in my heart. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The case is hopeless, and I am hopeless with it. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

He was pretty bad at his books, though he learned to slog along at them, but he was a hopeless duffer at games, which indeed he absolutely refused to learn. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

D. H. Lawrence But young men were drinking little drinks, and I knew it would be hopeless to ask for anything but cold drinks or black coffee: which we did not want. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell He were coming home very hopeless o’ aught on earth. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing The gift releases me from the necessity of leading a hopeless existenceleaves me at liberty to direct my life how I will. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

Edith Wharton Lee–Hamilton, his career cut short, lapsed into what seemed hopeless invalidism, and for years had lain motionless on the mattress on which I first saw him. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

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]

George Gissing Twelve months later, a piece of unprecedented good fortune seemed to place the Peaks beyond fear of want, and at the same time to supply Nicholas with a fulfilment of hopeless desires. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Other symptoms of failing resolution, — of utter and hopeless abandonment, appeared that day. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She discerns, it may be, such a hopeless task before her. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Richard Burton The first look at the interior of our vessel showed a hopeless sight; Ali Murad, the greedy owner, had promised to take sixty passengers in the hold, but had stretched the number to ninety-seven. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

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]

Breakfast over, we went out to look for lodgings; but soon feared it might be a hopeless search. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

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]

Arthur Machen He wrote and planned and filled the waste-paper basket with hopeless efforts. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t know if Miss Furnivall had seen me, for, as I told you, she was very deaf, and she sat quite still, idly staring into the fire, with her hopeless face. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

She tried to struggle, but very quickly realised it was quite hopeless and lay limp and passive in his embrace. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Long have I languished in hopeless love: often have I expected, and as often have my eager expectations been blighted by disappointment. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact, the enterprise is not at all a hopeless one if it is undertaken honestly, warily, and boldly. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

No time did she lose in seeking up a hopeless pair of hose, of which the heels were entirely gone, and in setting the ignorant English girl to repair the deficiency. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Henry James There were then no wounded to bring out, but it was our first happy chance of bearing away all the hopeless and helpless women and children we could carry. The American Volunteer Motor-ambulance Corps in France by Henry James

Arthur Conan Doyle Fifty times a day we asked ourselves and asked each other from what possible quarter this peril was to be expected, but the more we thought of it the more hopeless did any solution appear. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

D. H. Lawrence A kind of hopeless affection he seemed to feel for her, and the essential remoteness remained the same. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson And if it is hard to catch with the finest of camel’s-hair pencils, you may think how hopeless it must be to pursue after it with clumsy words. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

D. H. Lawrence It was finished then: it had become hopeless between them long before he died. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence As if the invidious malevolence of the country itself had slowly taken all the pith of manhood from them, leaving a hopeless sort of corpus of a man. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan For some time the removal occupied Jeanne’s thoughts, and made a change, though a sad one, in her dull, hopeless life. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Robert Louis Stevenson In what hard mountain pass Striv’st thou? In what importunate morass Sink now thy weary feet? Thou run’st a hopeless race To win despair. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Hope Will they kill him, to put you in?” It was a wild plan — wilder 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

It lay huddled and crooked, as if it had been struggling with the door, and had used its last flicker of life in a hopeless assault. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Eliot But then immediately sprang the dread that he had to say something hopeless about Felix. They shook hands in silence, Esther looking at him with anxious surprise. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

I looked alternately at the withering speaker, and the hopeless task. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Maria Edgeworth This is the only way to conquer a hopeless attachment. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

That stony look in his face was the fixed, hopeless melancholy of a mind diseased. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

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

George Gissing Sidney, hopeless in spite of the pretences he made, stood aghast at the responsibility he had taken upon himself. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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]

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

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell And to add to the horror, like all similar pestilences, its course was most rapid at first, and was fatal in the great majority of caseshopeless from the beginning. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Walter Besant If a man stakes his all upon a hopeless chance, he must look to lose. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And what could one do about it? How could one stop him? It was such a hopeless business, trying to stop somebody who wasn’t there. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne To leave her thus alone, trusting to the influence of such a threat, was a bold, yet a necessary and by no means a hopeless measure. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

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

How magnanimously he would resolve to stifle a hopeless attachment!’ ‘That is exactly what I think he is doing. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins The effort of his later life had been to conceal the hopeless passion which had mastered him in spite of himself. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell The doctor, half-hesitatingly, revealed to him his hopeless state. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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]

Guy de Maupassan Then, collapsing, she sank down beside the wall, and hiding her face in the curtain so that no one should hear her, she sobbed bitterly as if in hopeless despair. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

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

Half-way towards the door she stopped, and turned her white despairing face towards her father with a hopeless look. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

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

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

He was consumed by a hopeless passion for Miss Asphodel Vincent, a young lady with a small fortune of about £400 per annum, to whom Mr. Stork was guardian and trustee. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

I besought he would desist from this hopeless speculation, as time was now more precious than any other matter. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle In my whole career I do not suppose that I have ten times been in as hopeless a situation. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

H. G. Wells Lovers would pass him, their sweetly smiling faces close together, and his loneliness became an agony of hopeless desires. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Richard Burton The Sharif received it with a hopeless glance, and, to my satisfaction, would not put forth his hand to be kissed. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Margaret Oliphant After many and troubled discussions they prepared reluctantly to abandon the hopeless work. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Nellie Bly She was very quiet, and after telling me that her case was hopeless refused to talk. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Anthony Trollope I fear it is hopeless to attempt to recall you from the horrid, reckless, wicked mode of life you have adopted. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

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

Charles Dickens He had forfeited the comfortable reputation of being the one lazy member of the youthful community whom it was quite hopeless to punish. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

H. G. Wells The scraps of the torn Presidential address now, in hopeless rout, showed a disposition to get under tables and chairs and into odd corners. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

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

Thomas Hardy But her state was so hopeless that she could play with it. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

William Cowper Lamented change! to which full many a cause Inveterate, hopeless of a cure, conspires. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Wilkie Collins When I asked myself what was to be done next, hopeless confusion, maddening doubt, filled my mind, and transformed me into the most listless and helpless of living women. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

G. K. Chesterton But on this occasion it seemed a hopeless and endless string of courses. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

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

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

Robert Louis Stevenson They plied him with drink — a hopeless enterprise, for Soutar could not be made drunk; they proposed cards, and Soutar would not play. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle It was no wonder that they were puzzled, for upon their spent camels their situation was as hopeless as could be conceived. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Edith Wharton It was only the fact of having a dull sister who thought her clever that saved her, from a sense of hopeless inferiority. Xingu by Edith Wharton [1916]

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

Wilkie Collins And I believe you will be encouraging your wife in a hopeless effort, if you encourage her to persist in the search for her lost friend. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Night, the early dirty night, the sinister, noisy, hopeless and rowdy night of South London, had overtaken her on her last cab drive. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle I do this small thing to show you that, hopeless as it may be, the affection which I bear you is still as deep as ever. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

A murmur of hopeless pain unsealed my lips. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry Kingsley So the Vicar read it again and again, each time more mistily, till sense and feeling departed, and he lay before his hearth a hopeless paralytic. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

On the Stenner tongue it signified the hopeless nature of the Stenner mental confusion. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith Merthyr, not knowing what design he had, hopeless of any definite end in tormenting the woman, and never having it in his mind merely to punish, was diverted by the exclamation to speak ironically. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Machen He tried now to rouse himself from a growing misery by the recollection of this high aim, but it all seemed hopeless vanity. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Wilkie Collins And yet, hopeless as the experiment seemed, surely it was worth trying. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing His face was that of a hopeless sot, a flabby, meaningless, bestial face, which only on occasions was enlivened by a twinkle of evil in one of the dull, fishy eyes. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ann Radcliffe At the sound of Alleyn’s voice, those tumults which had began to subside in the heart of Mary, were again revived, and she awoke to the mournful certainty of hopeless endeavour. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As I looked at that hopeless struggle my eyes met those of the doomed man, and I could have sworn that in his I saw an expression of hopeless appeal. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

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. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Walter Scott There was in her countenance the stern abstraction of hopeless and overpowering sorrow, mixed with the contending feelings of remorse, and of the pride which struggled to conceal it. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Mrs. Todhetley sat with the most hopeless look you ever saw on her face. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

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]

He walked through Squares, Places, Ovals, Commons, through monotonous streets with unknown names where the dust of humanity settles inert and hopeless out of the stream of life. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

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]

George Gissing By degrees it grew lighter, but still the thin, hopeless rain came down from the leaden sky. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins She sank into the chair from which she had risen; her hands fell in hopeless despair on her lap. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

He dreaded to think that these should be played upon, and that her angelic sweetness should be sacrificed at the altar of hopeless passion. Lodore by Mary Shelley

He has taken Crabb on his way to Worcester to support this testimony if needful, and to impart it privately to Tanerton.” “Well, it all seems a hopeless puzzle to me,” returned the pater. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]