The article focuses on a lesser-known issue regarding the reception of Norwid’s work and at the same time it goes beyond the perspective of reception research and points to several significant relationships between thought, aesthetics, literary sensitivity and intellectual biography of both authors. The perspective assumed here is then partly comparative, and partly reconstructing more or less obvious inspirations. Irzykowski rarely wrote about Norwid or referred to him (the issue of incomprehensibility is best known), while many of his concepts are worth confrontation with Norwid’s analogical ideas. Moreover, in many cases the author of Quidam seems to be a silent adversary of Irzykowski, unnamed, but coreflecting in the margins of the text. Undoubtedly, both of them meet at key points as to their understanding of tragedy, irony, and the “pałuba” [hag] element, which is one of the most important concepts of Irzykowski, has its discursive counterparts in Norwid’s reflection.