And amidst the throng march the appointed human victims, submissive, helpless, staring towards the distant smoking altar at which they are to die that the harvests may be good and the tribe increase. . . .
Don’t be so goddamn helpless.
Nevertheless, he made out, sheltering between her legs against the length of her body, five strange little bundles of life, very feeble, very helpless, making tiny whimpering noises, with eyes that did not open to the light.
bungling, helpless, maladroit, unhandy, untaught, Prepositions: Skilful at or in a work, with a pen or tool of any kind.