Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city's reservoir, he turns to the cupboard, only to find the vodka bottle empty.
Jill the Reckless (1921)
"I hate you, I hate you!" cried Madeline, a thing I didn't know anyone ever said except in the second act of a musical comedy.
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (1963)
She fitted into my biggest armchair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing armchairs tight about the hips that season.
My Man Jeeves (1919) 'Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest'
"You can't do shorthand, I suppose?"
"I don't know. I've never tried."
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets (1940) 'A Bit of Luck for Mabel'
One half of the world doesn't know how the other three-quarters lives.
The Code of the Woosters (1938)