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[Writing] What Ho, What Ho!

He had taken to ocean travel as naturally and as with as much aplomb as the average English housecat takes to being bathed.

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And now he stood before the emperor of imperial China, hoping to beg a favor of hitherto unheard-of magnitude. Wainwright had often had nightmares like this before, though on reflection he was generally less clothed, and facing the college review board who -- at least to his knowledge -- lacked the authority to have him executed.

When a writer produces these two sentences within the space of a page, it is perhaps a sign that they have been reading a bit much P.G. Wodehouse. :P
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If you listen quietly, you'll hear the ghost of Plum chortling softly in appreciation of the unintended compliment.
Oh, it's an intended compliment. Wodehouse is, in all honesty, one of the best writers of the 20th century, bar none.

The problem is, this started as a very dark, serious steampunk short story. And then suddenly turned into 'P.G. Wodehouse writes Jules Verne.' Which is completely inappropriate for this story, especially the ending.

The problem is, I'm /liking/ 'P.G. Wodehouse writes Jules Verne.' It's fun to read, and fun to write... but I need a different story to do it in. :P

Wodehouse is, in all honesty, one of the best writers of the 20th century, bar none.

He had a wonderful talent with the English language, that's for sure, and a marvellously sharp eye for the absurdities of the English upper classes.

I trust you won't be insulted if I suggest that your two excerpts also have something of Douglas Adams about them.
I work at a company that names everything in reference to Douglas Adams. Of course I wouldn't be insulted. :)

However, I think Douglas Adams has something of Wodehouse to him to begin with.
Those two quotes are from a short story I was writing.

But their tone was very, very like Wodehouse, and so they struck me as a very obvious sign that I've read a bit too much Wodehouse lately while re-organizing my bookshelves. :)