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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 ?
He had long despaired of witnessing a Greeklike struggle.
Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.
D'Artagnan nearly jumped for joy; he had despaired of finding Bazin, but now, he thought, since he held one end of the thread he would be pretty sure to reach the other end.
It is probable this intention would have been carried out, but for a severe illness that attacked the dear girl, during which her life was even despaired of.
For there is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and to have recovered hope.