It was spoken as if by a condemned man: largely devoid of emotion, implausible, halting, artless, and sad.
Closest as in “closest to her heart,” or something clutched, or something unvarnished, artless, some plain truth?
Relevant backstory is condensed into a few lines of artless dialogue.
But Desnoyers was not there to confirm his mother's artless opinions.
Some of the inscriptions were so artless as to provoke a smile.
In tragedy she was remarkable for her artless sensibility and exquisite variety of expression.
He was too artless to conceal it, yet too modest to express it.
Within twenty-four hours all the town was talking of her bewitching face, her artless manner, her sweet voice.
They have many ways of inveigling the artless and unthinking.
So that these artless little self-revelations are very sweet and precious to me among all the lay figures, tragedy and comedy.