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Crime and Punishment
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  • Then he struggled to get up, would have run away, but someone always prevented him by force, and he sank back into impotence and forgetfulness.
  • Now, a month later, he had begun to look upon them differently, and, in spite of the monologues in which he jeered at his own impotence and indecision, he had involuntarily come to regard this "hideous" dream as an exploit to be attempted, although he still did not realise this himself.
  • But, strange to say, by the time he reached Sonia’s lodging, he felt a sudden impotence and fear.
  • He did not yet know why it must be so, he only felt it, and the agonising sense of his impotence before the inevitable almost crushed him.
  • The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

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  • Lev stands there, impotent, unable to move, unable to process this.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • …in my mad dash for Sam—and I went airborne, landing with a jaw-popping force on the thin carpeting, jumped up, glanced back, and saw Ben Parish lying lifelessly there, arms outstretched, dark wet blotch of blood seeping through that ridiculous yellow hoodie, and then Sam screamed and I’m not too late, not too late, and here I come, you sonofabitch, here I come, and in the room a tall shadow loomed over the tiny figure whose tiny finger yanked impotently at the trigger of the empty gun.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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