Oh, Mr. Schultz…
Oh, Mr. Bulwer-Lytton…
Actually, Schultz cribbed it too; it’s the opening line from Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
You can tell she hasn’t read any Pynchon yet. It’s easy to imagine Millie starting a story with, “A screaming comes across the sky…”
Hey, if you can’t be brilliant, be confusing enough so people THINK you’re brilliant! It worked for James Joyce.
Psst~it’s Schulz, there is no t in his last name.
The phrase comes from the original opening sentence of the novel Paul Clifford:
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
“A Wrinkle in Time” would like to argue that cliches can work
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