Kwaque possessed overwhelmingly the slave-nature, while in Michael there was little more of the slave-nature than was found in the North American Indians when the vain attempt
was made to make them into slaves on the plantations of Cuba.
I particularly remember one wild, snowy afternoon, soon after my return in January: the children had all come up from dinner, loudly declaring that they meant 'to be naughty;' and they had well kept their resolution, though I had talked myself hoarse, and wearied every muscle in my throat, in the vain attempt
to reason them out of it.
As he raised her in his arms she looked at him wildly, and murmured and muttered in the vain attempt
And again she laughed and simulated a vain attempt
to escape his bearlike arms.
And thereupon he would get out one or another of his manuscripts, such as "Adventure," and read it over and over in a vain attempt
to vindicate the editorial silence.
Presently every Scoodler of the lot had thrown its head, and every head was down in the deep gulf, and now the helpless bodies of the creatures were mixed together in the cave and wriggling around in a vain attempt
to discover what had become of their heads.
With a cry of horror I sprang forward in a vain attempt
to save the life that for two years I would so gladly have seen extinguished.
It was gone directly however, for Laurie said, with a vain attempt
The second stroke of the blade pierced far into the beast's spine, and with a last convulsive sweep of the fore-paws, in a vain attempt
to reach his tormentor, Numa sprawled upon the ground, paralyzed and dying.
responded the old minister, putting forth his hand in a vain attempt
to pat little Pearl on the cheek.
For three days men crazed with fear have surged about this portal in vain attempts
to solve its mystery.
At his solicitation I sang it again and again, and nothing could be more ludicrous than his vain attempts
to catch the air and the words.