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* At one point in ''Shogun'', Blackthorne and Mariko end up discussing "[[UnusualEuphemism pillowing]]", and Blackthorne politely refuses the company of a woman. Innocently, Mariko ends up asking Blackthorne if he wants to "pillow" a [[{{Uke}} boy]]. Blackthorne is [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo 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 [[ClusterFBomb involves a lot of swearing]]. Finally the samurai in the room comes to the brilliant conclusion that because he heard that the "Garlic Eaters" [[BestialityIsDepraved 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. [[PapaWolf Dunross]] promptly has a [[HeroicBSOD near-meltdown]] while Penelope [[DissonantSerenity just says "at least he asked"]].
** Later on in the book it's mentioned that Dunross took [[RunningGag another unlucky boyfriend]] who thought himself a boxer to one of his company's gyms so he could [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown express his displeasure with the relationship physically]].

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