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Thog's Masterclass. Dept of Careful Word Choice. Context: hero finds that, unknowingly, he was hypnotized and involved in a homosexual orgy with naughty monks of the Society of St Peter Martyr. He investigates these events: 'For the first time in several days, Peter thought he had a chance of getting to the bottom of the Society of St Peter Martyr.' (John Saul, Punish the Sinners, 1978)

• 'And before you can come to mass, [said Father McBride] you'll need to come to confession, which, for your information, is held every Wednesday from ten in the morning till two in the afternoon. Because if, as you say, you pursued sexual relations with that Venetian woman outside the sanctity of marriage, it's still adultery plain and simple, even if she was dead when you did it.' (Robert Girardi, Vaporetto 13, 1997) [PB]

• 'To the Clan, a new life was formed by the ubiquitous essences of the totems and any relationship between sexual activity and childbirth was beyond conception.' (Jean M. Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear, 1980) [RP]

Dept of Weird Science. 'You're one of these mad-scientists one hears about, I take it?' (Jane Gaskell, Atlan, 1965) ... 'Professor Morgenstahl, the mathematical genius who had upset every previous conviction respecting the relative distances of the planets, who had mapped space, who had proved that lunar eclipses were not produced by the shadow of the earth ...' (Sax Rohmer, President Fu Manchu, 1936) ... 'A six-foot-high working model of the DNA double helix stood against another wall.' – and would presumably soon fill the room. (George Chesbro, The Beasts of Valhalla, 1985) ... [all RC]

Dept of We Have No Shame. 'His landlady came to the door, loosely wrapped in dressing-gown and shawl; her husband followed ejaculating.' (H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898) [DG]

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