Sofia stood helplessly for a long minute.
The wreck of his force drifted away helplessly towards Genoa.
The king, Charles IV., looked on helplessly at the ruin wrought by the subservience of his kingdom to France since 1796, and he was seemingly blind to the criminal intrigues between his queen and the prime minister Godoy.
At last, in 1566, the queen placed the sword of state in Sidney's strong grasp. Shane was driven helplessly from point to point, and perished miserably at the hands of the MacDonnells, whom he had so often oppressed and insulted.
Named secretary of state for the southern department on his return home, he soon became helplessly in conflict with the intrigues of Townshend and Sir Robert Walpole.
Gallatin was thrown helplessly back upon the rejected Federalist doctrine of government according to circumstances.
They looked on helplessly while he refashioned the scheme of Sieyes.
Oligoneuria and allies) the legs are aborted, and the creatures are driven helplessly about by the wind.
The princess sank helplessly into an armchair beside her father and wept.
Pulling the rail back up, she stood beside the tent, helplessly watching Destiny cry until she coughed herself into another retching fit.
The angel ignored her and dropped beside her, wringing his hands helplessly. The blond woman dangled over the widening chasm, clutching Katie's hand. She braced her feet against the side of the chasm and walked upward, until Toby could grab her belt. The angel pulled hard, and Katie pushed Deidre on top of the angel, who yelped.
"Missed!" shouted Dolokhov, and he lay helplessly, face downwards on the snow.
"Rhyn's coming back," Toby said helplessly.
Amidst this sea of financial troubles the government drifted helplessly on, without showing any inclination or capacity to initiate a strong policy of reform in the methods of administration which had done so much to ruin the country.
Thus he was obliged, in 1525, to grant local autonomy to the province of Prussia instead of annexing it; he was unable to succour his unfortunate nephew, Louis of Hungary, against the Turkish peril; he was compelled to submit to the occupation of one Lithuanian province after the other by the Muscovites, and look on helplessly while myriads of Tatars penetrated to the very heart of his domains, wasting with fire and sword everything they could not carry away with them.
In his absence Abd-ul-Munim Khan, the lJzbeg commander, attacked the sacred city, obtained possession of it while the shah lay helplessly ill at Teheran, and allowed his savage soldiers full licence to kill and plunder.
The one I caught dropped helplessly from a tree just ahead of me; it turned round for a moment to have an idiotic stare at the intruder and then set off running along the path.
It feeds on small fish and on the animal refuse that floats on the sea, eating to such excess at times that it is unable to fly and rests helplessly on the water.
It is quite consistent with his whole career that it was love and pity for others - otherwise, as it seemed to him, helplessly doomed and lost - which at last overcame every other consideration, and made Gotama resolve to announce his doctrine to the world.
While the count was being turned over, one of his arms fell back helplessly and he made a fruitless effort to pull it forward.
Earl Warenne, the kings lieutenant in Scotland, mustered his forces to put down the rising On the 11th of September 1297 he attempted to force the passage of the Forth at Stirling Bridge, and was completel~ beaten by Wallace, who allowed half the English army to pass the river and then descended upon it and annihilated it, while Warenne looked on helplessly from the other bank.
A missing girl fell through the ice and drowned while Howie helplessly watched.
But now this head was swaying helplessly with the uneven movements of the bearers, and the cold listless gaze fixed itself upon nothing.
Her legs dangled helplessly in the air, and he saw the glint of tears on her face.
I've become totally, helplessly addicted to Sudoku, a Japanese logic puzzle which can be anything from.. .
chequerood, helplessly, in the middle of the checkered floor looking pathetic.
She did not tell Inspector DUTTON that when they got her husband in the back-yard he was helplessly drunk.
Action Men with wildly flailing limbs, thrown helplessly about at terrifying velocity.
flailing helplessly in the air.
flounders helplessly on the ground.
giggletions go from giggling helplessly to being stunned or even crying!
iron curtainced the iron safety curtain too, only to watch helplessly as the building burned.
The parent cannot bear the thought of a " deformed " child, nor can the engineer tolerate standing by helplessly.
But at the crowning moment of trial there are those who assert their belief that the woman who on her way to the field of Corrichie had uttered her wish to be a man, that she might know all the hardship and all the enjoyment of a soldier's life, riding forth "in jack and knapscull" - the woman who long afterwards was to hold her own for two days together without help of counsel against all the array of English law and English statesmanship, armed with irrefragable evidence and supported by the resentment of a nation - showed herself equally devoid of moral and of physical resolution; too senseless to realize the significance and too heartless to face the danger of a situation from which the simplest exercise of reason, principle or courage must have rescued the most unsuspicious and inexperienced of honest women who was not helplessly deficient in self-reliance and self-respect.
But the fry drift with the currents as helplessly as the eggs, and the a priori objections to the utility of the operations have in no case been met by evidence of tangible results.
His efforts to induce his master to accord lenient terms to Austria in November 1805 were futile; and he looked on helplessly while that Power was crushed, the Holy Roman Empire swept away, and the Confederation of the Rhine set up in central Europe.
Letting her arms fall helplessly, she sat with downcast eyes and pondered.
"Well!..." said the old count, spreading out his arms and sinking helplessly on the sofa.
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