What was vital was overlaid and hidden by what was irrelevant
It is solitude without the suggestion of intervention; it is calm without a single irrelevant
On the evening of the first of September, after his interview with Kutuzov, Count Rostopchin had returned to Moscow mortified and offended because he had not been invited to attend the council of war, and because Kutuzov had paid no attention to his offer to take part in the defense of the city; amazed also at the novel outlook revealed to him at the camp, which treated the tranquillity of the capital and its patriotic fervor as not merely secondary but quite irrelevant
and unimportant matters.
Basnett in his exposition, and Mary in her interrogation, carefully preserved a kind of formality calculated to check the desire of the human mind for irrelevant
It was only the common trick of desire--which avails itself of any irrelevant
scepticism, finding larger room for itself in all uncertainty about effects, in every obscurity that looks like the absence of law.
My friend was away by this time on one of his several absences in the Northwest, and I was quite alone in the absurd and irrelevant
melancholy with which I read myself and my circumstances into the book.
And her reply, though apparently most irrelevant
, was truly feminine.
These questions," he said, "may seem to you irrelevant
, yet please answer them if you can.
Strictly speaking, the last question was irrelevant
, as they had already done it.
A dozen ways he planned an intricate leading up to the first breaking of the ice, and each time some link in the chain snapped and the talk went off on unexpected and irrelevant
Instead, her thought dwelt insistently upon the significance of his stepping aside, in the middle of a violent proposal, in order to make irrelevant
In the hero's erratic march from poverty in the first act, to wealth and triumph in the final one, in which he forgives all the enemies that he has left, he was assisted by the gallery, which applauded his generous and noble sentiments and confounded the speeches of his opponents by making irrelevant
but very sharp remarks.
Erring youth," replied the Logical Crab, "you are introducing new and irrelevant
Of course it is dramatically necessary that he shall delay, otherwise there would be no play; but that is irrelevant
to the question of the human motivation.
That sort of aspiration is not much in their way; and it shall be a funny world, the world of their arranging, where the Irrelevant
would fantastically step in to take the place of the sober humdrum Imaginative .