something of small importance; or a small quantity
Well, never mind that, neighbor Caderousse; it is not worth while to contradict me for such a trifle as that.
"Why," replied he, "I think it just possible Dantes may have been detected with some trifling article on board ship considered here as contraband."
It was therefore no small mortification to him to have visited most of the principal cities in Italy without having excited the most trifling observation.
I see that I have made a trifling mistake, as you say; but by way of rewarding your honesty I give you another double Napoleon, that you may drink to my health, and be able to ask your messmates to join you.
As the count was immensely rich, excepting the danger Carmela had run,—and the marvellous manner in which she had escaped, made that appear to him rather a favor of providence than a real misfortune,—the loss occasioned by the conflagration was to him but a trifle.
I cannot allow him to acquire the habit of expecting to be recompensed for every trifling service he may render.
I beseech of you, Maximilian, to cease trifling, and tell me what you really mean.
Surely so trifling a circumstance cannot deserve a place in your remembrance.
I would not be quite sure that he has not been mixed up with the police for some trifle—a stab with a knife, for instance.
My dear sir, if a trifle like that could suffice me, I should never have given myself the trouble of opening an account.
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So that for a trifling sum he was as well lodged, and as perfectly shut out from observation, as the inhabitants of the finest mansion in the Faubourg St. Germain.
Everything about the count seemed to have its meaning, for the constant habit of thought which he had acquired had given an ease and vigor to the expression of his face, and even to the most trifling gesture, scarcely to be understood.
Fifty thousand livres—a mere trifle.
I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes following those now being held.
Believe me, madame, I feel most grateful for your kindness, but I got out of my travelling carriage at your door this morning, and I am ignorant how I am installed in Paris, which I scarcely know; this is but a trifling inquietude, I know, but one that may be appreciated.
There grief might freely expend itself without being disturbed by the trifling loungers who came from a picnic party to visit Pere-la-Chaise, or by lovers who make it their rendezvous.
And since I found means to enter this enclosure to exchange a few words with you through this gate—to be close to you without really seeing you—have I ever asked so much as to touch the hem of your gown or tried to pass this barrier which is but a trifle to one of my youth and strength?
It was not whether Danglars or Monte Cristo was more or less guilty; it was a man who would answer for the offence, whether trifling or serious; it was a man who would fight, and it was evident Danglars would not fight.
"How dreadful!" said Mercedes, passing her hand across her brow, moist with perspiration; "and that letter"— "I bought it for two hundred thousand francs, madame," said Monte Cristo; "but that is a trifle, since it enables me to justify myself to you."
You owe me nothing but some trifle of 20,000. francs, which you have been saved out of your travelling expenses, so that there is not much of a score between us;—but you must really permit me to congratulate you on the ease and unconcern with which you resigned yourself to your fate, and the perfect indifference you manifested as to the turn events might take.
I shall perhaps find myself one day called out by some harebrained scamp, who has no more real cause of quarrel with me than you have with Beauchamp; he may take me to task for some foolish trifle or other, he will bring his witnesses, or will insult me in some public place, and I am expected to kill him for all that.
"Certainly," continued Danglars, "the sacrifice was no trifling one, when the beauty of the bride is concerned.
"I told you one evening in the garden after Madame de Saint-Meran’s death—because his system is accustomed to that very poison, and the dose was trifling to him, which would be fatal to another; because no one knows, not even the assassin, that, for the last twelve months, I have given M. Noirtier brucine for his paralytic affection, while the assassin is not ignorant, for he has proved that brucine is a violent poison."
"My very good friend and excellent neighbor," replied the count, with a smile, "you really exaggerate my trifling exertions.
"Nay," answered Monte Cristo, with the most gentlemanly air, " ’tis not for such trifling sums as these that your banking house is to be incommoded.
"Oh, yes," replied the count; "understand me, I would fight a duel for a trifle, for an insult, for a blow; and the more so that, thanks to my skill in all bodily exercises, and the indifference to danger I have gradually acquired, I should be almost certain to kill my man.
"It is quite immaterial to me," said Monte Cristo, "and it was very unnecessary to disturb me at the opera for such a trifle.
…de Saint-Meran, a woman with a stern, forbidding eye, though still noble and distinguished in appearance, despite her fifty years—"ah, these revolutionists, who have driven us from those very possessions they afterwards purchased for a mere trifle during the Reign of Terror, would be compelled to own, were they here, that all true devotion was on our side, since we were content to follow the fortunes of a falling monarch, while they, on the contrary, made their fortune by worshipping…
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Don’t waste my time with trifling matters.
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.