When the old man came, Fyodor Pavlovitch would begin talking about the most trivial matters, and would soon let him go again, sometimes even with a jest.
"Is it possible," I cried, clasping my hands, "that such a trivial incident could give rise to such a resolution in you?"
Often he was listless and lazy, at other times he would grow excited, sometimes, apparently, over the most trivial matters.
And if it were not for all these trivial details, we should understand one another in a minute.
"And enough of those trivial questions, gentlemen, all those tricky questions!" cried Mitya enthusiastically.
"Gentlemen, only let me tell my own story and don’t interrupt me with trivial questions and I’ll tell you everything in a moment," said Mitya excitedly.
I may add here, for myself personally, that I feel it almost repulsive to recall that event which caused such frivolous agitation and was such a stumbling-block to many, though in reality it was the most natural and trivial matter.
"We quite understand that you made that statement just now through exasperation with us and the questions we put to you, which you consider trivial, though they are, in fact, essential," the prosecutor remarked dryly in reply.
"It’s so trivial, so ordinary."
"The most stupid, trivial affair, they made a mountain of a molehill as they always do," Kolya began carelessly.
If he dared to think anything like that Kolya would— "I regard the question as quite a trivial one," he rapped out again, proudly.
He is simply a devil—a paltry, trivial devil.
The prisoner was positively offended, he thought it almost insulting to ask him such a trivial question, and would you believe it, his resentment was genuine!
I would not, however, have dwelt on such trivial and irrelevant details, if this eccentric meeting of the young official with the by no means elderly widow had not subsequently turned out to be the foundation of the whole career of that practical and precise young man.
That impresses men’s minds, and to such a degree that the very triviality and incompleteness of the evidence becomes less trivial and less incomplete even to an unprejudiced mind.
But I need not recall the painful scene, though I will make one or two comments, selecting such trivial ones as might not be obvious at first sight to every one, and so may be overlooked.
But before three o’clock in the afternoon that something took place to which I alluded at the end of the last book, something so unexpected by all of us and so contrary to the general hope, that, I repeat, this trivial incident has been minutely remembered to this day in our town and all the surrounding neighborhood.
"Oh, that’s all nonsense about Troy, a trivial matter.
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We’re in agreement on the main issues. We just have some trivial details to work out.