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The House of Mirth
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  • 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.

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