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.