But you know what? Dickens is another author who is simply too funny to miss out on! See if these quotes don't leave you laughing:
"'In reference,' proceeds the Chancellor, still on Jarndyce and Jarndyce, 'to the young girl - '
'Begludship's pardon - boy,' says Mr. Tangle, prematurely.
'In reference,' proceeds the Chancellor, with extra distinctness, 'to the young girl and boy, the two young people,'
(Mr. Tangle crushed.)"
"The fashion intelligence says so, for the comfort of the Parisians, and it knows all fashionable things. To know things otherwise, were to be unfashionable."
"[Sir Leicester Dedlock] has a general opinion that the world might get on without hills, but would be done up without Dedlocks....He is an honourable, obstinate, truthful, high-spirited, intensely prejudiced, perfectly unreasonable man."
"Ada dimly remembered to have heard her mother tell, when she was a very little child, that [John Jarndyce] had once done her an act of uncommon generosity, and that on her going to his house to thank him, he happened to see her through a window coming to the door, and immediately escaped by the back gate, and was not heard of for three months."
"Sir Leicester is generally in a complacent state, and rarely bored. When he has nothing else to do, he can always contemplate his own greatness. It is a considerable advantage to a man, to have so inexhaustible a subject. After reading his letters, he leans back in his corner of the carriage, and generally reviews his importance to society."
:) All excerpts from Bleak House.