Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction
I've reproduced the tale here not just because I invariably go out of my way to recommend a good prose pacifier to parents or older brothers often-month-old babies but for quite another reason. ("Roof Beam" 2.1)
I should, no doubt, break in here to describe my general reaction to the main import of what the Matron of Honor was saying. I'd just as soon let it go, though, for the moment, if the reader will bear with me. ("Roof Beam" 2.90)
The Matron of Honor sat forward suddenly, alertly, exhaling smoke through her nostrils. "All right, never mind that, drop f that for a minute - I don't need that,' she said. She was addressing Mrs. Silsburn, but in actuality she was addressing me through Mrs. Silsburn's face, so to speak. 'Did you ever see —— —— in the movies?" she demanded.
The name she mentioned was the professional name of a then fairly well-known-and now, in 1955, a quite famous - actress singer. ("Roof Beam" 2.103-104)