I'm confused. Does this '要之何用' mean 'Is there any use?', or could the '之' in this phrase be regarded as a possessive article and therefore the phrase would mean 'What is the use (for someone)'? Or did I get both of them wrong?
之 following a noun is a possessive marker
之 following a verb '要'(have) here is a pronoun for 'it'
More examples of 之 as a pronoun when it follows a verb:
叫他进来然后杀(之) - ask him to come in and then kill (him)
没有酒就以水代(之) - If there's no wine, use water to substitute (it)
要(钱)何用? = having (money) for what use?
要(之)何用? = having (it) for what use?
'之' is the pronoun for 'money'