I love it when one read brushes up against another and this happened twice with two of mine this reading month.First, in Christina Longford’s Making Conversation (1931), I came across this:

“Miss Spencer at the High School had always scolded her for saying ‘well,’ and used to ask, ‘Where’s the bucket?'”

And then, in Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault (2008) there was this:

“Whenever anybody said well, well, her dad would always say Deep thoughts.”

I noticed this right away because whenever I’d say “Well…” Mr. BIP (back when we were teenagers and long before the days of Mr. and Mrs. BIP) used to say “Deep, dark hole in the ground”.

Maybe I should have expected connections between these two novels because Marina Endicott’s novel gave this up on the second page:

“Their car was the colour of butterscotch pudding, burnt pudding crusted on it in rust. The whole driver’s side had crumpled inward, like pudding-skin when it is disturbed.”

And there was also talk of puddings and skins in Christina Longford’s novel: “…the other [rice] was yellow and might be connected with custard pudding. There were potatoes baked in their skins, and boiled greens; and afterwards, suet puddings or milk puddings mixed with watery jam.”

Anyone else find any unexpected overlap between reads lately? Or eaten any tasty puddings?