Blade: When I hear the phrase "Well, I never!" I think of the Marx Brothers (A Night at the Opera?), and Groucho's snarky reply (which I can't remember exactly, but it was something like "I'm not surprised").
I've never seen the Marx Brothers, but I'll tell ya, the exact quote "Well, I never!" was said in Dracula by the zoo caretaker's wife, when the newspaper reporter is interviewing them! I was laughing b/c it wasn't the first time I had seen something I've seen before in the BG series, popping up in Dracula. Juss funny simple things like that.
Also, while reading Dracula, I've noticed a whole bunch of quotes we use today as expressions, seemingly having their originations in Dracula:
- "Stranger in a strange land" is a popular phrase; I first heard it in an Iron Maiden song!
- "Back to the drawing board" too seems like it originated in Dracula, as in the book, they really do go to back to the drawing board, instead of using it as the phrase we do today!
- "Prig of the first water" may or may not have originated in Dracula.
- "If looks could kill" is a popular phrase today, and I think it originated in Dracula when Dr. Seward is describing seeing an animated vampire.
I'm sure there are others within the book too, which I can't recall off the top of my head nor search right now. Suffice to say Im quite confident that Ed found neat stuff in the novel's lexicon, and so honored it here & there in the BG series. That's not to say he didn't honor the Marx Brothers or other classics in the same way. Do you remember how the wolfweres in the Windspear Hills were talking? That's EXACTLY the same diction that Mary Shelley used on each page in writing Frankenstein! At least, that's what I thought throughout the whole time I was reading it some yrs ago! :OD