unearths some literary gems.
In his novel Cocktail Time, I discovered the Wodehouse version of the "pull up a chair" gag:
"Take a chair."
"Take another," said Mr. Saxby hospitably.
[Also from Cocktail Time]
“Egad!” he said.
“M’lord?” said Rupert Morrison.
“Nothing, my dear fellow,” said Lord Ickenham. “Just egad.”
As the saloon bar was open for saying egad in at that hour, Mr. Morrison made no further comment.
[Elsewhere from Wodehouse]
"I was afraid you might have other engagements."
"My dear Clarence! As if any engagement, however other, could keep me from answering a cry for succor like yours."