View Full Version : A little culture: literary tickling jackpot!

10-02-2001, 09:10 PM
The following passages are from George Bernard Shaw's novel *An Unsocial Socialist.* Pretty interesting, whatever your politics...The entire novel is available free online through the Project Gutenberg site.

"Stuff, Gertrude," said Agatha, with a touch of earnestness. "One
would think, to hear you talk, that your grandmother was a cook.
Don't be such a snob."

"Miss Wylie," said Gertrude, becoming scarlet: "you are very--oh!oh! Stop Ag--oh! I will tell Miss--oh!" Agatha had inserted a steely finger between her ribs, and was tickling her unendurably.

"Sh-sh-sh," whispered Miss Carpenter anxiously. "The door is open."

"Am I Miss Wylie?" demanded Agatha, relentlessly continuing the torture. "Am I very--whatever you were going to say? Am I? am I?
am I?"

"No, no," gasped Gertrude, shrinking into a chair, almost in hysterics. "You are very unkind, Agatha. You have hurt me."

"You deserve it. If you ever get sulky with me again, or call me Miss Wylie, I will kill you. I will tickle the soles of your feet with a feather," (Miss Lindsay shuddered, and hid her feet beneath the chair) "until your hair turns white. And now, if you are truly repentant, come and record."

This is from the same novel:

"I suppose you think that very funny. You take good care to make yourself considered," sneered Jane.

"You cannot say that I do not consider you," said Gertrude reproachfully.

"Not when I tickle you, dear."

"I consider you, and I am not ticklesome," said Jane tenderly.

"Indeed! Let me try," said Agatha, slipping her arm about Jane's ample waist, and eliciting a piercing combination of laugh and scream from her.

"Sh--sh," whispered Gertrude quickly. "Don't you see the Lady Abbess?"

Miss Wilson had just entered the room. Agatha, without appearing to be aware of her presence, stealthily withdrew her arm, and said aloud:
"How can you make such a noise, Jane? You will disturb the whole

Jane reddened with indignation, but had to remain silent, for the eyes of the principal were upon her.

dig dug dog
10-02-2001, 09:21 PM
Thank you so much! I love the literary mainstream stuff (didn't you post others like this before?). Mega-appreciation, man.


10-07-2001, 07:32 PM
I can't be bothered to trawl through previous posts but has the tickle spell in the second harry potter book been mentioned?