Ulysses by James Joyce
vain

Leopold Bloom Telemachus
Nestor
Proteus
Calypso
Lotus-Eaters
Hades
Aeolus
Lestrygonians
Scylla and Charybdis
Wandering Rocks
Sirens
Cyclops
Nausicaa
Oxen of the Sun
Circe
Eumeus
Ithaca
Penelope

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There are 13 occurrences of the word:   vain

[Nestor] [1678] the rancours massed about them and knew their zeal was vain. Vain patience
[Calypso] [3020] Vain: very.
[Hades] [4642] trees, white forms and fragments streaming by mutely, sustaining vain
[Hades] [4730] the end she put a few violets in her bonnet. Vain in her heart of hearts.
[Wandering Rocks] [10929] trotted on stout trousers after the Dalkey tram. In vain he trotted,
[Wandering Rocks] [10930] signalling in vain among the rout of barekneed gillies smuggling
[Sirens] [12703] He droned in vain. Miss Douce turned to her tea aside.
[Nausicaa] [16994] infinitely sad and wistful. Gerty MacDowell yearns in vain. Yes, she had
[Oxen of the Sun] [19272] broke out at once into a strife of tongues. In vain the voice of Mr
[Oxen of the Sun] [19347] (he raised the phial to his lips), camping out. In vain! His spectre
[Oxen of the Sun] [19402] thee--and in vain. No son of thy loins is by thee. There is none now to
[Penelope] [31477] the face with her switch of false hair on her and vain about her