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Futility

See also Despair, Frustration.
American Scene, The
portrays Americans as having secured necessities; now looking for amenities. [Am. Lit.: The American Scene]
Babio
performs the useless and supererogatory. [Fr. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 42]
Bellamy, James
character who goes through phases “playboy, war hero” to suicide. [Br. TV: Upstairs, Downstairs]
Canute
king of England demonstrated the limits of his power by commanding waves to stand still in vain. [Eng. Legend: Benét, 165]
Danaides
fifty daughters, forty-nine of whom are condemned to Hades to collect water in sieves. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 326]
Fall, The
tale of the monotonous life and indifference of modern man. [Fr. Lit.: The Fall]
Grandet, Eugénie
lacking everything but wealth, she is indifferent to life. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Henry, Frederic
loses lover and child; nothing left. [Am. Lit.: A Farewell to Arms]
Moreau, Frederic
law student whose amatory attachments all come to nothing, concludes that existence is futile. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert A Sentimental Education in Magill I, 876]
“Necklace, The”
having lost a borrowed diamond necklace, M. and Mme. Loisel suffer ten years of privation to purchase a duplicate, then find that the original was paste. [Fr. Lit.: Maupassant “The Necklace”]
Ocnus,
the cord of eaten by ass as quickly as it is made. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 767]
Of Mice and Men
story of George Milton and Lennie Small’s futile dream of having their own farm. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men]
Partington, Dame
tried to turn back tide with mop. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 807]
pearls before swine
Jesus adjures one not to waste best efforts. [N.T.: Matthew 7:6]
Sun Also Rises, The
story of American expatriates living a futile existence in Europe. [Am. Lit.: The Sun Also Rises]
Tobacco Road
tale of Jeeter Lester and other oppressed, degraded lives. [Am. Lit.: Tobacco Road]
Tregeagle
condemned to bail out Dozmary Pool with leaky shell. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1099]
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Speaking of their album, the first release in four years, the band said: "The main themes of Resistance is Futile are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration.
In relevant statements in August, the Iranian Foreign Minister said that "A number of ill-wishers have tried to promote the Iranophobia way of thinking among the regional countries, but we showed in the political scene that this effort is futile and Iran moves in the direction of interaction with other countries.
So Mr O'Reilly, it's not futile to fight unjustifiable demands by your company.
Upon opening today's session, the speaker said "The session is suspended over lack of quorum," and added it would be futile to first adjourn for half an hour only to suspend later, since "the government representatives would not be present today.
Wrong medicine; doctors, patients, and futile treatment, 2d ed.
Trying to make lawyers who know that next year there will be 10 percent less car wrecks to not force the envelope of ethics and good taste is a futile gesture for the police function.
Before they began, he also expressed his opinion that the talks would be futile.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization has said that negotiations with Israelis are futile and will not lead to any change, the Saudi daily AL WATAN reported Monday.
CDATA[ A "regular attack on Irans nuclear plant at Qom would be futile, Barak said.
A new study indicates that futile thoracotomies are reduced by use of combined positron-emission tomography and computed tomography (PET-CT) compared with conventional staging in patients with NSCLC.
But according to Black Country Chamber president Peter Mathews, this would be futile.