At some point in late elementary school, I read Gene Stratton-Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost. (After seeing the WonderWorks movie, I’ll admit.*) Every chapter title in the book starts with the word “Wherein…” For example: “WHEREIN ELNORA GOES TO HIGH SCHOOL AND LEARNS MANY LESSONS NOT FOUND IN HER BOOKS” and “WHEREIN ELNORA DISCOVERS A VIOLIN, AND BILLY DISCIPLINES MARGARET.” My educated guess is that the book was first published in a serial format and the chapter titles served as teasers for that week’s content.
A side effect of this titling quirk is my habit of internally narrating my life in a similar matter. Such as, “Wherein Julie goes to the fridge and realizes she should have gone grocery shopping yesterday after all.” I remember starting to do this as a fourth-or-so grader because I thought Stratton-Porter’s titles were funny. And I guess the habit stuck. Give it a try, it’s pretty fun.
I know I’m not the only person who unconsciously incorporates key quotes from children’s literature into her daily speech. The other day a friend informed me that she often quotes the heroine of Tanith Lee’s Black Unicorn. Any time she sees a gross mess she can’t help but think: “Nasty pancake!”
So, my question for you, Reader, is this: What book or series do you quote or think of without meaning to?
*What’s this? The movie was filmed in Southern Oregon, not Indiana, where the book is set? Oh, IMDB, you teach me so much.