Campbell knew the uselessness
of any prevarication with an Indian; and the importance of complete frankness.
This appeal is not always a charm, for there are estuaries of a particularly dispiriting ugliness: lowlands, mud- flats, or perhaps barren sandhills without beauty of form or amenity of aspect, covered with a shabby and scanty vegetation conveying the impression of poverty and uselessness
The staple conversation on the farms around was on the uselessness
of saving money; and smockfrocked arithmeticians, leaning on their ploughs or hoes, would enter into calculations of great nicety to prove that parish relief was a fuller provision for a man in his old age than any which could result from savings out of their wages during a whole lifetime.
Archer, evidently perceiving the uselessness
of trying to ascribe the actions of foreigners to a sense of delicacy.
Ship after ship reeled and staggered into uselessness
beneath the pitiless fire that we were undergoing.
He meditated on the folly of eternal vows, on the vanity of chastity, of science, of religion, of virtue, on the uselessness
What troubled him most was the uselessness
of Fanny's effort.
The chief steward, a very stupid but cunning man who saw perfectly through the naive and intelligent count and played with him as with a toy, seeing the effect these prearranged receptions had on Pierre, pressed him still harder with proofs of the impossibility and above all the uselessness
of freeing the serfs, who were quite happy as it was.
Hackbutt, leaving him to feel the uselessness
of superior gifts in Middlemarch.
He shrugged his shoulders in token, not of consent, but of surrender, knowing the uselessness
of attempting to argue the question with her, and consoling himself with the reflection that heaven alone knew what adventures she was liable to engage in if left alone on Berande for a week.
The old man made a little run towards the door, but, as Athelney Jones put his broad back up against it, he recognized the uselessness
Without touching upon its uselessness
in all points of view, he regarded the experiment as fraught with extreme danger, both to the citizens, who might sanction by their presence so reprehensible a spectacle, and also to the towns in the neighborhood of this deplorable cannon.