Those ambitions were hardly more futile and childish than the earlier ones which had centred about the possession of a French jointed doll with real hair.
Her rosy blondness had survived some forty years of futile activity without showing much trace of ill-usage except in a diminished play of feature.
Yet the analogy left him unsatisfied, for a coarse texture will not take a high finish; and was it not possible that the material was fine, but that circumstance had fashioned it into a futile shape?
Lily had tried to mitigate this charmless background by a few frivolous touches, in the shape of a lace-decked toilet table and a little painted desk surmounted by photographs; but the futility of the attempt struck her as she looked about the room.
She clung to the note bravely, though its futility was now plain to her in the glare of his miserable eyes.
Through this jumble of futile activities came and went a strange throng of hangers-on—manicures, beauty-doctors, hair-dressers, teachers of bridge, of French, of "physical development": figures sometimes indistinguishable, by their appearance, or by Mrs. Hatch’s relation to them, from the visitors constituting her recognized society.
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It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.