He was afraid that Miss Wilkinson would think him a milksop: after all she was a young woman, sometimes quite pretty, and he was getting on for twenty; it was absurd that they should talk of nothing but art and literature.
Of course it was much easier for Frenchmen to do these things; the language was such an aid; Philip could never help feeling that to say passionate things in English sounded a little absurd.
We elect to be absurd and to return to the truly crude and wasteful methods of our forefathers.
But then life seems absurd to-day, what of the machinations of the Plutocracy.
It ridicules the intolerance and sanctimonious hypocrisy of the Puritans as the Cavaliers insisted on seeing them in the person of the absurd Sir Hudibras and his squire Ralph (partly suggested by Cervantes' Don Quixote and Sancho).
The English 'heroic' plays, partly following along these lines, with influence also from Fletcher, lay their scenes in distant countries; their central interest is extravagant romantic love; the action is more that of epic adventure than of tragedy; and incidents, situations, characters, sentiments, and style, though not without power, are exaggerated or overstrained to an absurd degree.
Why did you go to the Ladies' Aid in that absurd fashion?
Yes'm, I know; but, please, I didn't know it was absurd until I went and found out they'd rather see their report grow than Jimmy.
To herself she said that of course she should at once undo the absurd work of her niece's fingers, and put her hair up properly again.
Yes, she will tell me directly what she told me before; that there is no foundation for my suspicions, that it's absurd.
At that moment, when the revelation of everything was hanging over him, there was nothing he expected so much as that she would answer mockingly as before that his suspicions were absurd and utterly groundless.
It IS so absurd
to be an engaged orphan and it IS so absurd
to have the girls and the servants scuttling about after one, like mice in the wainscot; and it IS so absurd
to be called upon
This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty.
But how to get that appallingly absurd notion into the heads of the middle classes so that there should be no mistake?
The Theatre of the Absurd
, as championed by Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett and others, is sadly ignored in our own day.