She longed to be to him something more than a piece of sentient prettiness, a passing diversion to his eye and brain; and the longing betrayed itself in her reply.
She closed her eyes an instant, and the vacuous routine of the life she had chosen stretched before her like a long white road without dip or turning: it was true she was to roll over it in a carriage instead of trudging it on foot, but sometimes the pedestrian enjoys the diversion of a short cut which is denied to those on wheels.
Then, dimly conscious that he had not struck the right note, he added, with a well-meant effort at diversion: "How’s your luck been going in Wall Street, by the way?
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The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
And I’d bet my broomstick he let that troll in, to make a diversion!
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone