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Definitioneffort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
- After making one or two sallies to her relief, which were rendered futile by the umbrella's hopping on again, like an immense bird, before I could reach it, I came in, went to bed, and slept till morning.Chapters 31-33 (45% in)
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