Tolstoy, to name one artist, managed to spin a decent yarn or two around the travails of the extravagantly wealthy.
He also has reportedly advised Elin Nordegren in her travails with Tiger Woods.
It was he who guided us through the travails of early adulthood.
That quip reflected his own travails with thinking outside the box.
It follows the travails of Ali, who's searching for an American-made cancer drug for his mother.
Seeing the splendor reserved for itself, it groans and travails unceasingly.
For duty is God's midwife, sent to deliver the soul that travails in its anguish.
His heart yearns towards them; he travails over them in birth again.
No more then remember we our pains; our ship-wrecks and dangers are forgotten; we fear no more the travails and the thieves.
The travails dealt with a matter of ephemeral interest, and would not long have held the public.
"labor, toil," mid-13c., from Old French travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from Vulgar Latin *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in Late Latin trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from Latin tripalis "having three stakes" (from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from late 13c.