faint hope

See: pessimism
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Her last faint hope of ever seeing Frank again was now at an end.
I caught eagerly at these words, as giving me a faint hope of softening his wrath.
He still cherished a faint hope that, notwithstanding the war, and all other discouraging circumstances, the annual ship might have been sent by Mr.
You see, I had a faint hope that her good character might not really be deserved, that her noble letter was a skilful piece of hypocrisy--in short, that she secretly hated me, and was cunning enough to hide it.
I in- dulged a faint hope that his conversion would lead him to emancipate his slaves, and that, if he did not do this, it would, at any rate, make him more kind and humane.
I couldn't bear to witness her sorrow: to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes: and I yielded, in the faint hope that Linton himself might prove, by his reception of us, how little of the tale was founded on fact.
If you were to renounce this patronage and these favours, I suppose you would do so with some faint hope of one day repaying what you have already had.
The Sheriff's daughter bided for several days in the faint hope that she might hear tidings of the prattling tinker.
Wilcox, unexpectedly catching on to the thought, and rousing, for the first and last time, a faint hope in the breasts of the delightful people.
At sight of them the first faint hope that she had entertained came to mitigate her misery.
She looked in his face; and the last faint hope died in her before he opened his lips.
Then we got up and made a systematic examination of the walls of our prison- house, in the faint hope of finding some means of exit, sounding them and the floor carefully.