His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.
Now, he was her humble petitioner, but this servility could be of no avail to save him from shame.
Yates was something of a wrestler himself, but his skill was of no avail on this occasion.
She saw all this mentally; but would it avail anything in actuality?
What avail ...