a trifle beneath anyone's consideration

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chong lee

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türkçe
Hi,
The quote is from the story "The Byzantine Omelette" by H. H. Munro.


Th hostess ,Sophie, gives a banquet. But household servants have "downed tools" becouse she have engaged a strike-breaker cook(Gaspare). One of her guest's (Catherine) husband is stuck in bath.

I did not get the phrase "beneath anyone's consideration". Is Catherine sarcastic here?

Thank you.


"I simply can't send away Gaspare," wailed Sophie; "I should never be able to secure another omelette specialist."

"Any difficulty that I may experience in securing another husband is of course a trifle beneath anyone's consideration," said Catherine bitterly.
 
  • MirandaEscobedo

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    British English
    I read the story: Chong Lee, in describing the context, you have left out an important link -- that Catherine's husband's valet is the only one who knows how to operate the special Turkish bath but the valet has gone on strike with the other staff, so perhaps her husband will die in the bath since he cannot get out on his own.

    "Any difficulty that I may experience in securing another husband is of course a trifle beneath anyone's consideration," said Catherine bitterly.
    When Catherine says these words, the meaning is that all that her hostess, Sophie, cares about is serving the perfect omelette at dinner but surely the fact that Catherine will need to find a replacement husband is more important? However, she is expressing this in a sarcastic way by saying that "of course" her husband problems are "a trifle beneath anyone's consideration" (ie a matter of such small significance that no one would pay attention to it).
     
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