Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body?
“Well, out with it, my Bunter, you imperturbable old hypocrite. It’s no good talking as if you were announcing dinner-you’re spilling the brandy The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. What does that blessed darkroom of yours want now?” (Sayers 10)
This book was interesting because of that fact that Lord Peter constantly contradicts himself. For instance, even though he is talking fondly with Bunter about how useful he is in saving money, Lord Peter is also ridiculing him for not speaking up properly. Because of his contradictory manner, the book has a humorous undertone that seemingly belittles the severity of certain situations.
Wilde, The Decay of Lying http://www.online-literature.com/wilde/1307/
“CYRIL. Whom do you mean by ‘the elect’?
VIVIAN. Oh, The Tired Hedonists, of course. It is a club to which
I belong. We are supposed to wear faded roses in our button-holes
when we meet, …
CYRIL. Well, I should fancy you are all a good deal bored with
VIVIAN. We are. This is one of the objects of the club.”
This reminds me of high school and of people being together with other people they neither like nor dislike just for the sake of being together. Just with the word “tired” in her club name, everything else Vivian explains or speaks of after makes her seem jaded and pompous. I can literally hear her dramatic and “wistful” sigh.