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used in Arrowsmith

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effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • In college he had felt that prosody and Latin Composition were futile, and he had looked forward to the study of medicine as illumination.
    Chapter 3 (7% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 10 (55% in)
  • Time bent back, progress was annihilated, and he was mazed with futility.
    Chapter 24 (68% in)
  • Thus with Sondelius, though for Martin there were as yet but embarrassment and futility and the fear of fear.
    Chapter 33 (**% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 34 (12% in)
  • I wish I could make you see just how weak and futile that is.
    Chapter 40 (37% in)

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