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- Francois swore strange barbarous oaths, and stamped the snow in futile rage, and tore his hair.Chapter 3 — The Dominant Primordial Beast (72% in)
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
- Then the rope tightened mercilessly, while Buck struggled in a fury, his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his great chest panting futilely.Chapter 1 — Into the Primitive (29% in)
There are no more uses of "futile" in The Call of the Wild.
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