He had waited too often and futilely in the past for porcupines to unroll, to waste any more time.
Futilely he beat and thrust with his arms against the pillarlike limb.
He caught a glimpse of Carmena futilely clutching for Slade's throat.
Her shoulders heaved as—futilely—she strove to wrench her arms free.
Maida's voice, futilely attempting to broadcast over the uproar.