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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]
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With the advantage of two-and-a-half centuries of additional experience in managing human affairs, EU leaders might allow themselves higher expectations than Voltaire, when he despairingly remarked to aspiring reformers: "You waste your time - the world cannot be changed".
Time to put Old Glory away, fellas, and run Mexico's [flag] up the flagpole of all Denver courts, jails, and the Capitol building," wrote Graham despairingly.
For examples of one-dimensionality look no further than Johannes Wohnseifer's wardrobe (spindy, 1995), which replicated the exact dimensions of the armoire in which Schleyer was held by the RAF until his death on October 18, 1977, or Thomas Schutte's Ferienhaus fur Terroristen (Vacation House for Terrorists), 2002, which despairingly takes its cue from Martin Kippenberger's abysmal architectures.
For generations, expectant high school seniors have dashed to their mailboxes looking for "the envelope," bulky with promise or despairingly thin, that traditionally signaled acceptance (or rejection) to college.
Paul Gardner, World Soccer's US correspondent, writes despairingly of what he calls Euro Snobs in America.
Roman -- the great structuralist -- used to clutch his forehead after a rushes screening and ask despairingly, "What's the structure?
At this point there is a wealth of information on the causal nature of the disaster, but despairingly little on its effects on human health (1).
At other times, Guillem presented the pathos of the role, leaving lasting images of the tragic heroine--in her trembling and stilted walking on pointe as she despairingly left the scene with the father, in her stillness and piercing gaze at first sighting of Armand, and in her final upreach in his arms before falling lifeless.
The volume also becomes relevant to contemporary concerns when Casey, himself a loyal member of the Restorationist tradition, speaks despairingly of "the futility of the excessively rationalistic approach to Scripture.
It seemed to have no sense whatever of the exigencies of human life; it was so familiar and so public that it became, at last, the most despairingly private of cities.
Certainly, that was the case with my wife and me back in the early '90s - a time Schrag describes so despairingly - when we migrated to Los Angeles so I could take a job with REASON.
The whole Texas team is going up,'' senior Michal Engleman said despairingly to co-coach Dave Roberson.