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List Of Bitag Episodes - Season Five (2006)
... took, giving the team an antecedent to carry out street justice on the hapless bully ... flee on foot as each RET personnel scampers away leaving a hapless female employee to fend for herself ... Kuno" July 22, 2006 A woman who pretends to be a Bitag member to embezzle money from hapless victims, falls in the clutches of the authorities ...

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    There a captive sat in chains
    Crooning ditties treasured well
    From his Afric’s torrid plains.
    Sole estate his sire bequeathed,—
    Hapless sire to hapless son,—
    Was the wailing song he breathed,
    And his chain when life was done.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The hapless Nymph with wonder saw:
    A whisker first and then a claw,
    With many an ardent wish,
    She stretch’d in vain to reach the prize.
    What female heart can gold despise?
    What Cat’s averse to fish?
    Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

    By choice they made themselves immune
    To pity and whatever moans in man
    Before the last sea and the hapless stars;
    Whatever mourns when many leave these shores;
    Whatever shares
    The eternal reciprocity of tears.
    Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)