For the dozenth time, she ran out onto the porch but this time she did not go back to her futile packing.
Scarlett’s search was futile until in the orchard she found a few apples.
Here was the end of the kindly, courteous house which had always welcomed her, the house where in futile dreams she had aspired to be mistress.
No, I suddenly found myself on the curtain, an actor, posturing and making futile gestures.
At Christmas time Frank Kennedy and a small troop from the commissary department jogged up to Tara on a futile hunt for grain and animals for the army.
Startled, she looked up and met gray eyes that were bitter and full of tired futility.
Throughout the South for fifty years there would be bitter-eyed women who looked backward, to dead times, to dead men, evoking memories that hurt and were futile, bearing poverty with bitter pride because they had those memories.
Officially, Georgia’s government had never capitulated but it had been a futile fight, an ever-losing fight.
She felt that she would stifle if she stayed in Atlanta another day, with her tired mind forcing itself round and round the deeply worn circle of futile thoughts about the mess she was in.
The night was dark and then light and sometimes she was having a baby and sometimes it was Melanie who cried out, but through it all Melly was there and her hands were cool and she did not make futile anxious gestures or sob like Aunt Pitty.
Now there came rushing to her mind many things to which she had given little thought recently, conversations she had heard but to which she had not listened, masculine talk which had been checked half finished when she came into rooms, small incidents in which she had seen no significance at the time, Frank’s futile warnings to her against driving out to the mill with only the feeble Uncle Peter to protect her.
All her efforts seemed futile, for while she brushed them from Melanie’s moist face, they crawled on her clammy feet and legs and made her jerk them weakly and cry: "Please!
My!" and made futile gestures at her.
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It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.