"He's Twentieth Century," she said. "That means he's out of his area. I can't authorize his going without his being prepped."
"Fine," Mr. Dunworthy said. He turned to me. "Darwin, Disraeli, the Indian question, Alice in Wonderland, Little Nell, Turner, Tennyson, Three Men in a Boat, crinolines, croquet-"
"Penwipers," I said.
"Penwipers, crocheted antimacassars, hair wreaths, Prince Albert, Flush, frock coats, sexual repression, Ruskin, Fagin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Bernard Shaw, Gladstone, Galsworthy, Gothic Revival, Gilbert and Sullivan, lawn tennis, and parasols. There," he said (...). "He's been prepped."
(Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last. - Начал читать роман, третью часть "оксфордского цикла", - пока что нравится.)