Chekhov's gun and GC

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While reading a novel today, and noticing that author has described couple of things/incidents in the story, that to me look like will not be referenced any further in the story. It reminded me of Chekhov’s gun. Also reminded me of dead code elimination, and garbage collection. So, what if we GC/optimize the work, will we get a better work, as:

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Also, I’m yet to finish the book, so who knows I maybe wrong about this one.

[UPDATE 2018-01-11: Finally I finished the book few days ago, and apparently I was wrong. And that too double wrong, the book actually talks of Chekhov’s gun.]