History Literature / ToSayNothingOfTheDog

11th Jan '17 7:41:04 PM nombretomado
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* LordPeterWimsey: Verity spends most of her time in the 1920s, and reads a lot of mystery novels, especially the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. She is, therefore, delighted to find out that she and Ned get to solve the Mystery of the Missing Bird Stump.
30th Sep '16 5:39:24 PM Malady
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* Foreshadowing: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.
24th Aug '16 2:50:16 AM Adept
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* GrandeDame: Lady Schrapnell is a direct allusion to Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.

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* GrandeDame: Lady Schrapnell is a direct allusion to Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
1st May '16 3:31:53 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* UnderminedByReality: Terence invokes several couples from literature, comparing them to the "true love" he has for Tossie. Every pairing he named (ex. RomeoAndJuliet) ended badly, which seemed lost on him.

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* UnderminedByReality: [[invoked]] Terence invokes several couples from literature, comparing them to the "true love" he has for Tossie. Every pairing he named (ex. RomeoAndJuliet) ended badly, which seemed lost on him.
13th Feb '16 5:55:01 PM ReaderAt2046
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* BiggerBad: Of a sort. Near the end of the book, TJ's analysis discovers that ''the entire Second World War'' was apparently part of a long chain of [[ContrivedCoincidence Contrived Coincidences]] intended to fix some kind of massive temporal anomaly somewhere in the middle of the 24th century.
1st Nov '15 10:50:00 AM nombretomado
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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely [[QueenVicky Victorian]]), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .

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In ''To Say Nothing of the Dog'', the History Department of Balliol, [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]], has been thrown into chaos by the pet project of a rich donor: to rebuild a cathedral that was destroyed during WorldWarTwo, exactly as it was at the moment it was bombed. Ned Henry is charged with finding out what happened to the [[MacGuffin Bishop's Bird Stump]] (a bird stump, incidentally, is a kind of flower vase; this particular bird stump is cast iron, and extremely [[QueenVicky Victorian]]), UsefulNotes/{{Victorian|Britain}}), and is having some unexpected difficulty with the task. Then another historian, Verity Kindle, accidentally brings a cat from Victorian England to the present. Ned and Verity go back to Victorian England to try to sort out the problems caused by the missing cat, before history begins to change. And the bird stump is still missing. . .
26th Apr '15 10:30:32 AM Cerrida
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*Foreshadowing: quite a lot. The rules surrounding slippage, Verity's mystery novels, even Princess Arjumand all point to important plot points.
15th Nov '14 8:32:05 AM ReaderAt2046
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* IWantGrandkids: At the end of the book, Lady Schrapnell decides that what her new cathedral needs is a christening, which of course means that Ned and Verity need to get married and have babies. They don't particularly mind doing so.
15th Sep '14 3:50:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** On the other hand, he gets engaged to the angel at the end of the book, so that might have been more romance than time-lag.
15th Sep '14 3:43:43 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ShoutOut: Principally, though far from exclusively, to Jerome K. Jerome's still-hilarious Victorian travelogue ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)''. While boating down the Thames (with two other men and a dog), Ned Henry actually recognizes the three men and dog in question as they pass him going upstream.
** The RealLife boat trip on which Jerome based his book didn't actually have a dog, which leads to several possibilities -- mistaken identity (Henry's thoughts become unreliable under the mounting stress of time travel), alternate timeline, or just one of Jerome's other boat trips. Or Jerome was lying in order to take credit for coming up with the idea later.
** Also, Baine saying "[[ThePrincessBride as you wish]]" multiple times, when ordered around by a spoiled mistress, [[spoiler: whom he is in love with.]]
*** P.G. Wodehouse is mentioned and quoted several times. His plots revolved around making sure the right people get engaged and the wrong engagements are broken off, much like the plot to ensure Tossie marries Mr. C rather than Terence.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Principally, though far from exclusively, to Jerome K. Jerome's still-hilarious Victorian travelogue ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)''. While boating down the Thames (with two other men and a dog), Ned Henry actually recognizes the three men and dog in question as they pass him going upstream.
** The RealLife boat trip on which Jerome based his book didn't actually have a dog, which leads to several possibilities -- mistaken identity (Henry's thoughts become unreliable under the mounting stress of time travel), alternate timeline, or just one of Jerome's other boat trips. Or Jerome was lying in order to take credit for coming up with the idea later.
** Also,
Baine saying "[[ThePrincessBride as "As you wish]]" wish" multiple times, when ordered around by a spoiled mistress, [[spoiler: whom he is in love with.]]
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with]] is a reference to ''Film/ThePrincessBride.
**
P.G. Wodehouse is mentioned and quoted several times. His plots revolved around making sure the right people get engaged and the wrong engagements are broken off, much like the plot to ensure Tossie marries Mr. C rather than Terence.
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