—The first two lines of the novel
This novel provides examples of:
- Costume Porn: Plenty of it; one plot point centres on knickerbockers.
- Inherited Illiteracy Title: Most editions preserve the misspellings, and The Film of the Book pronounces them phonetically. Because it's funnier that way.
- May-December Romance: 42-year-old Mr. Salteena pursues the 17-year-old Ethel. In the first paragraph of the novel, the author describes the former as an "elderly man" and the latter as a "young girl". After Ethel marries the 29-year-old Bernard Clark, he weds an 18-year-old lady-in-waiting.
- Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Bernard proposes to Ethel after one of these.