I fretted and fumed and took to arguing with myself whether or no I would talk openly with Kurtz; but before I could come to any conclusion it occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility.
The glamour of youth enveloped his particolored rags, his destitution, his loneliness, the essential desolation of his futile wanderings.
Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose.
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It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.