History Literature / ToSayNothingOfTheDog

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.
15th Sep '14 3:42:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Strongly averted--''nobody'' they meet in the past is even remotely famous, except for the brief appearance of Jerome K. Jerome, author of ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)''.
** Baine the butler previously worked for LordDunsany, but this is a subversion as this is the ''father'' of the famous author, who is only aged ten in 1888.

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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Strongly averted--''nobody'' they meet in the past is even remotely famous, except for the There's a brief appearance of Jerome K. Jerome, author of ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)''.
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Dog)''. Baine the butler previously worked for LordDunsany, but this is a subversion as this is the ''father'' of the famous author, who is only aged ten in 1888.
15th Sep '14 3:41:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ShaggyDogStory (At the end of the book, it turns out that the entire bizarre adventure [[spoiler:is possibly part of the timestream's self-correction for another paradox that will occur hundreds of years in the future.]])
** Combined with the in-story WildMassGuessing at the end of Blackout, it appears possible that [[spoiler:the timestream has caused, via an absurd level of coincidences and time travel, ''the Allies to win WWII'' solely to cause a cathedral to be build in Christ Church Meadow! Just exactly how big was that incongruity in 2678?]]

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* ShaggyDogStory (At the end of the book, it turns out that the entire bizarre adventure [[spoiler:is possibly part of the timestream's self-correction for another paradox that will occur hundreds of years in the future.]])
** Combined with the in-story WildMassGuessing at the end of Blackout, it appears possible
) Characters suspect that [[spoiler:the timestream has caused, via an absurd level of coincidences and time travel, ''the the Allies to win WWII'' WWII solely to cause a cathedral to be build in Christ Church Meadow! Just exactly how big was that incongruity in 2678?]]
15th Sep '14 3:35:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BabyTalk: Tossie, to her cat Princess Arjumand (aka. "Dearum Dearum Juju").
** Which, to Ned, TastesLikeDiabetes

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* BabyTalk: Tossie, to her cat Princess Arjumand (aka. "Dearum Dearum Juju").
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Juju"). Which, to Ned, TastesLikeDiabetes
30th Dec '13 10:05:49 AM Thande
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* TemporalParadox: An unusual case. Instead of being a straight violation of causality itself, the anomaly Ned and Verity investigate is something that should have been prevented by the manmade safeties built into the time travel net which are designed to stop such things happening in the first place. It turns out that [[spoiler:the violation was allowed in order to help correct an earlier violation, which took place BEFORE the safeties were created and the net was unregulated]].
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