- At one point in Shogun, Blackthorne and Mariko end up discussing "pillowing", and Blackthorne politely refuses the company of a woman. Innocently, Mariko ends up asking Blackthorne if he wants to "pillow" a boy. Blackthorne is utterly aghast at this, and begins telling Mariko in no uncertain terms that he finds the idea disgusting. Unfortunately, this leads one of the samurai guarding Blackthorne to suggest he might be impotent, and tells Mariko to ask Blackthorne that. The novel does not detail precisely what Blackthorne says, but it evidently involves a lot of swearing. Finally the samurai in the room comes to the brilliant conclusion that because he heard that the "Garlic Eaters" like to "pillow" dogs, that must be what Blackthorne wants to do, before remembering that the rumor includes dogs and ducks. The samurai almost has Mariko suggest that Blackthorne have sex with a duck before finally thinking better of it.
- In Noble House Dunross is complaining about his daughter's new journalist boyfriend. His wife Penelope very calmly notes she considers this one an improvement over the one who asked if he could sleep with her, which she promptly put a stop to. Dunross promptly has a near-meltdown while Penelope just says "at least he asked".
- Later on in the book it's mentioned that Dunross took another unlucky boyfriend who thought himself a boxer to one of his company's gyms so he could express his displeasure with the relationship physically.
- Another moment from Noble House comes when Casey and Orlanda meet. Both superficially compliment the other, but both instantly realise internally they'll have to battle over Linc, which leads to a great moment of Mood Whiplash as we realise Linc isn't quite in tune with the female psyche.
Both women knew the war had begun.