The Eloi, like the Carolingian kings, had decayed to a mere beautiful futility.
I wasted some time in futile questionings, conveyed, as well as I was able, to such of the little people as came by.
Had I been a literary man I might, perhaps, have moralized upon the futility of all ambition.
For, by merely seeming fond of me, and showing in her weak, futile way that she cared for me, the little doll of a creature presently gave my return to the neighbourhood of the White Sphinx almost the feeling of coming home; and I would watch for her tiny figure of white and gold so soon as I came over the hill.
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It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.