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The word vain, as used in the passage, most nearly means ____.

A a hopeless situation
Explaination
While vain can also mean being arrogant and excessively proud, the context of the story provides the reader with the meaning "a hopeless situation." A vessel in your body that carries blood is spelled, vein, and a weather device is spelled, vane.
B a vessel in your body that carries blood
C a weather device placed on top of a house that shows wind directions
D being arrogant and excessively proud