We have certain lines from stories that tickle us so much they’ve become a part of our family lexicon. We look for opportunities to insert them into the family dialogue, and (surprisingly in some cases) find them.
I thought it would be fun to note them from time to time. Here’s the current list, shamelessly slanted toward the Narnia books:
- “Life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie.” (Puddleglum, The Silver Chair)
- *”It hurts like bilio.” (Eustace, Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
- “This is extremely vexing! I’m quite put out!” (Pride and Prejudice)
- “There just isn’t much scope for the imagination in _____.” (Anne of Green Gables)
- **”My dear young madam, for heaven’s sake compose yourself!” (Uncle Andrew, The Magician’s Nephew)
- “I needed a plan!” (Adventure According to Humphrey)
- “Anyone who tells about this young woman will be first beaten to death and then burned alive and then kept on bread and water for six weeks. There!” (The Horse and His Boy)
- “Ten point deduction for whining.” (The Willoughbys)
- “We could discuss candy’s excellent flavor — but low nutritional value.” (The Mysterious Benedict Society)
*What is “bilio,” anyway??
**Spoken by my 11-year-old in a breathy, hysterical imitation of Kenneth Branagh’s reading.
Do you have some similar favorites?
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