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"There seems a fruitlessness to the act now," he said.
The brief biographies traced above demonstrate the fruitlessness of limiting one's attention to one specific Cao Dai denomination while investigating the relationship between war and religion in Vietnam and of delimiting Caodaism, along with its devotees and religious activities, with a category defined by the canon of such a denomination.
Similarly, the bare willows seem to signal the fruitlessness of her unrequited love.
Her response to the void of her fruitlessness is destructive: she elects to "plunge into very dangerous waters," concocting a "plague" and infecting the man who has left her childless (Sears 102).
Still, having witnessed the fruitlessness of interaction characterized by boycotts and picket signs on one side, and ridicule on the other, there's a great deal to be said for bridging that space by using an olive branch.
(24) Aelred of Rivaux of the same period complained of a spirit of acedia that "totally overturned my state of tranquility, and by inflicting in me horror of solitude and hatred of quietness forced me to yield to inordinate roaming, a sign of fruitlessness and danger." (25)
Many, from Swift's contemporaries to contemporary readers, have read the Academy of Lagado as a criticism against the fruitlessness, myopia, and circularity of the Royal Academy's experiments and arguments.
Hamm's strategy, Cavell claims, is "to perform man's last disobedience": to secure fruitlessness and to empty the world of justification and meaning, because "only a life without hope, meaning, justification, waiting, solution ...
More tragic, perhaps, than Iris's descent into madness is Eve's growing awareness of the fruitlessness of the poem without an audience.
Fruitlessness of cypress and willow depicts that expecting fruit from these tress is impossible.
"If the reactionary concedes the fruitlessness of his principles and the uselessness of his censures," Gomez Davila wrote in his essay "The Authentic Reactionary," "it is not because the spectacle of human confusion suffices for him.
Her response, "Too true, my lord," demonstrates the balance she maintains with Leontes: her direct answer to his question and elaboration of the fruitlessness of trying to replace Hermione evince her authority over Leontes even as her use of "my lord" indicates her deference to his monarchical position (5.1.12).