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  • In college he had felt that prosody and Latin Composition were futile, and he had looked forward to the study of medicine as illumination.
  • But in this young man there was none of the heaviness of workers dragged out of bed at dawn for another gray and futile day of labor.
  • Time bent back, progress was annihilated, and he was mazed with futility.
  • Thus with Sondelius, though for Martin there were as yet but embarrassment and futility and the fear of fear.
  • I wish I had some way of showing you— Oh, for a ’scientist’ you do have the most incredible blind-spots! I wish I could make you see just how weak and futile that is.
  • He went to the Ice House; he had a drink with a frightened clerk from Derbyshire; he regained the picture of Gottlieb’s sunken, demanding eyes; and he swore that he would not yield to a compassion which in the end would make all compassion futile.

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  • It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
  • Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.

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