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Despair

See also Futility.
Detection, Crime (See SLEUTHING.)
Destiny (See FATE.)
Achitophel
hanged himself from despair when his advice went unheeded. [O.T.: II Samuel 17:23]
Aram, Eugene
scholar murders from pressure of poverty. [Br. Lit.: Eugene Aram]
Bowery, the
Manhattan skid row for alcoholics. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 97]
Giant Despair
imprisons Christian and Hopeful in Doubting Castle. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
Hrothgar
Danish king desperately distressed by warrior-killing monster. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
Maurya
mother loses six sons in the sea. [Br. Lit.: Riders to the Sea]
Melusina
fairy who despaired when husband discovered secret. [Fr. Folklore: Brewer Handbook, 695]
Narcissus
wastes away yearning to kiss reflection of himself. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 745; Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Slough of Despond
bog enmiring and discouraging Christian. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
Sullivan brothers
mother despairs over losing her five sons in WWII (1942). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1943), 106]
Tristram
or Tristan falsely told that Iseult is not coming to save him from fatal poisoning, he dies of despair. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary]
Waiting for Godot
tramps consider hanging themselves because Godot has failed to arrive to set things straight. [Anglo-French Drama: Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in Magill III, 1113]
References in classic literature ?
The hunter's wife, who had stood on the bank full of joy and hope, sank into despair when she saw her husband snatched away again before her eyes.
Lay of despair, grieve not when thou art gone Forth from this sorrowing heart: my misery Brings fortune to the cause that gave thee birth; Then banish sadness even in the tomb.
Her hands clutched her armchair; she ground her teeth inwardly; her eyes followed the motion of the door as it closed behind Lord de Winter and Felton, and the moment she was alone a fresh fit of despair seized her.
But availing himself of the doctor's order, the old man would not take any sustenance; at length (after nine days of despair and fasting), the old man died, cursing those who had caused his misery, and saying to Mercedes, `If you ever see my Edmond again, tell him I die blessing him.
As I endeavored, during the brief minute of my original survey, to form some analysis of the meaning conveyed, there arose confusedly and paradoxically within my mind, the ideas of vast mental power, of caution, of penuriousness, of avarice, of coolness, of malice, of blood thirstiness, of triumph, of merriment, of excessive terror, of intense - of supreme despair.
Luigi kissed her, with one of those kisses of despair that were given in 1793 between friends as they mounted the scaffold.
Here are your instructions," replied the officer, placing the folded paper in his hands; and turning round towards D'Artagnan, "Come, monsieur," said he, in an agitated voice (such despair did he behold in that man of iron), "do me the favor to depart at once.
A buoyant temperament is of all moral qualities the most precious, in this respect; it is the one force in us--when virtuous resolution proves insufficient--which resists by instinct the stealthy approaches of despair.
Sympathizing with Clara in all besides, she had no sympathy, as they sat together in the pleasant sunshine, with Clara's gloomy despair of the future.
But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair.
The annals of this short-lived era of despair make bloody reading.
I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say," responded Marilla.