All at once he was so sensitive to noises, even his own, that he glued a circle of felt to the bottom of his favourite coffee mug (SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS DO IT WITH A SENSE OF WONDER), to keep it from startling him each time he set it down.
"The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank"
и если честно -
на самом-самом верху
Только сядешь спокойно поработать часик над книгой про Ч., собрать материал к повести, как ровно через 15 минут случается очередная Жозефина Павловна.
Indeed, there were complaints throughout the Victorian period that the quality of English sporting dogs was in decline because breeders looked for "a good neck, bones and feet", rather than "intelligence, good nose and stamina".
"Fancy Dogs" (on the Victorian dog shows) by Neal Pemberton and Mihael Worboys, BBC History, June 2009