unearths some literary gems.
An author's note by Dorothy L. Sayers:
"Every person, incident, institution, college, firm or whatnot in this book is purely imaginary and is not intended to refer to any actual person, incident, institution, college, firm or whatnot whatsoever."
From Smallbone Deceased, by Michael Gilbert:
After she had gone he sat for some time, then resummoned Mrs. Porter from the typists' room and dictated a vigorous letter to Lady Buntingford's laundry. [I eventually realized this means the laundry-service business that Lady B. patronizes--but it was fun while it lasted!]
Hazelrigg leaned back again, and treated himself to another bout of swiveling. It was a lovely chair.
Good God, people would be coupling their names with--and--next.
[Though the typography is a bit strange--everything from the "with" through the "next," including the dashes, is all run together just as I've typed it, with no spaces--I think from the context that this is a blank map to the name of a law firm, i.e., [ ] & [ ].]
"Then he could pay the interest by check--to--"
"To whom?" said Mr. Birley and Mr. Craine in a grammatical dead heat.
"I see," said the Assistant Commissioner.
He drew a truculent rabbit on the scribbling pad in front of him: thought for a few minutes, then took out a four-color propelling pencil from his inside pocket and dressed it in a Harlequin tie.