(A police inspector had fallen through a trap door.) "At the moment of his disappearance from the normal level of perambulation...." Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time
(Re: a character with a slight (!) case of megalomania): "Preoccupied with details of universe management and with thoughts related to the oncoming changes in his life, he was all but oblivious of the beauty of the forest." Dean Koontz, Breathless
"'Christopher Robin and I are going for a Short Walk,' (Eeyore) said, 'not a Jostle. If he likes to bring Pooh and Piglet with him, I shall be glad of their company, but one must be able to Breathe.'" A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
"He was playing a song he had written himself called 'He Was Playing a Song He Had Written Himself,' all about how he was playing a song he had written himself. (He had also written a song called 'But He Wasn't Playing That at the Moment,' but he wasn't playing that at the moment.)" Andy Stanton, You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! - this book is FULL of funny, clever, out-of-the-box writing!
"Pretty please?" "The appearance of the 'please' changes nothing. No." from Despicable Me