Some more of those Crush names…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave:
She (Martha) tried the accursed desk again. It cringed and stood holding its breath at her menacing approach. The drawers began clanking like slaps in the face. Not here! Not here! Not here! She noticed a brown briefcase in one. She lifted it angrily. Beneath it she saw deep in the drawer a small revolver with a mother-of-pearl handle. Simultaneously her husband’s voice came from nearby…

Aha! Another email from Veronica Crush, writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now living in New York with tall tree surgeon and heir to a multimillion dollar fortune, Monty Tick. There is an attachment listing some more of her spare character names for me to share with the world, in case there are any unimaginative, but budding writers out there who are stuck for appropriate names to give the folk who inhabit their work. Some people have a great deal of trouble coming up with suitable ones to paste onto their wispy, and as yet not fully formed, made-up humans. If you need a couple of good ones, feel free to dip in!
Veronica has no such problems, she says she enjoys making them up – and when she thinks of one, no matter what else she is doing, she quickly records it into her phone. As usual, she has slipped a real person’s name into today’s list – see if you can guess which one it is. The answer can be found via the link at the foot of the page:

‘Bad’ Ronnie Wastrel
‘Miss Perky Sunshine’ 1986
Franz Bernhardt-Notch
Otto Dix
Stan Dinthaway
Myrtle Culvert-Crouch MA
Lord Ralph Devilment
Vernon Pentup Tuggs
Sir Peter Slipshod DSO
Lady Ethel Gunns
The Honourable Basil Chicklik
Rudy Doodie
Angelica Jayne Fiff
Polly Tixan-Sutch
‘Porky’ Joe Dipthong III
Ray Zmee-Wrent
Roxy Soups

Click here for the solution to Veronica’s puzzle.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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