Trouble

“So it seems that Gerry has had quite a lot of trouble himself and he can not even get married on account of his wife.”

— Lorelei Lee writing in her diary, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) by Anita Loos

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Opium

Strang b

Strang c

Strang a

“He was still watching through the crevice, when a slight noise caused him to turn his head. Even as he did so, a pair of slender, sinewy hands fastened on his neck, and he was jerked off his feet. The next moment he was on his back, with an evil yellow face close to his own.”

Oblivion

“…Vox was forced to rely on goblin mercenaries to hold on to what little power he had left in Undertown. These days, if the rumours are true, he spends his entire time alone in his dilapidated palace, too obese to leave his bed-chamber, drinking himself into a stupor each night with bottle after bottle of Oblivion.”
The Last of the Sky Pirates (2002) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Because It’s May

“Do we by any chance know a beverage called May Queen? Its full name is ‘Tomorrow’ll be of all the year the maddest, merriest day, for I’m to be Queen of the May, mother, I’m to be Queen of the May.’ A clumsy title, generally shortened for purposes of ordinary conversation. Its foundation is any good, dry champagne, to which is added liqueur brandy, armagnac, kummel, yellow chartreuse and old stout, to taste. It is a good many years since I tried it myself, but I can thoroughly recommend it to alleviate the deepest despondency.”

— The Earl of Ickenham a.k.a. Uncle Fred, in Uncle Fred in the Springtime (1939) by P.G. Wodehouse. “May Queen” takes its name from “The May Queen,” a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Write Up

“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth… Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net.”

— E.B. White, quoted in Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White (2016) by Melissa Sweet