Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mixed Metaphors

‘ “Any message I can give him, if he turns up?”

“Yes. You can tell him I am going to break his neck.”

“Break his neck?”

“Yes. Are you deaf? Break his neck.”

I nodded pacifically.

“I see. Break his neck. Right. And if he asks why?”

“He knows why. Because he is a butterfly who toys with women’s hearts and throws them away like soiled gloves.”

“Right ho.” I hadn’t any notion that that was what butterflies did. Most interesting. “Well, I’ll let him know if I run across him.” '

-- P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters, chap. 6

2 comments:

mandi said...

lol. i definitely need to read some more wodehouse.

natalie said...

Hey Kara!

That reminded me of a quote I read that came from a list of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for "How to Write Good",
"Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed."

It was good to see you at the workshop yesterday!