- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"I turned to Aunt Agatha, whose demeanour was now rather like that of one who, picking daisies on the railway, has just caught the down express on the small of the back." (The Inimitable Jeeves, 1923)
"Like so many substantial Americans, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag." (Summer Moonshine, 1938)
Two quotes I got while playing with the Random Wodehouse Quote at The Drones' Club. Great fun.
I ran across it just now while reading about what little we know of P.G. Wodehouse's meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald in New York in the 1920s. Both were successful authors and shared a literary agent. Both lived in Great Neck on Long Island. Wodehouse saw "Scott" on the bus once and wrote a letter about it, but then the curtain falls. (via Books, Inq.)