In Grasp a Nettle we have at least two:
- Jenny is reading to young baron Oliver--...she opened Winnie the Pooh. "Shall I start reading?" "Yes, please." I think The August Betty had to have said these words out loud at some point in her life, "I'm rumbly in my tumbly", "Oh bother" and "I'm just a little black raincloud." On a side note, when I wiki-ed (yes, it can too be a word) A. A. Milne it related that he was a critic of P.G. Wodehouse--"captured at his country home in France by the Nazis and imprisoned for a year. Wodehouse made radio broadcasts about his internment, which were broadcast from Berlin. Although the lighthearted broadcasts made fun of the Germans, Milne accused Wodehouse of committing an act of near treason by cooperating with his country's enemy." Well, my lands.
- While on the cruise they come into Puerto de los Marmoles. ...he pointed out anything which he considered she might be interested in--dragon trees, the house built by Omar Sharif when he had filmed on the island some years previously... When I see pictures of Omar Sharif I can't help but think of his tooth-gap gesticulating with winning charm in Funny Girl. And my heart sings, "Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein..."
Mr. Sharif's bower of love.
In The Gemel Ring we've got at least one:
- Mr. and Mrs. Boekerchek take Charity to see La Boheme which she watches with her eyes closed as the Mimi was "a strapping size twenty, exuding splendid health with every note." I do love me some opera but wonder why it is that composers and librettists so often have their sopranos die of consumption--a disease most calculated to get in the way of the singing, no?