What’s In A Name?
Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, so it’s time for my little talk with Spencer Quinn, where he gives the inside dope on one of the characters from the Chet and Bernie series. What’ll it be today, Spence?
Spencer Quinn: Does anyone ever give the outside dope on something? But to answer the question, how about a character from PAW AND ORDER, which isn’t even out yet?
Ms. P: Nothing in the rules against it.
SQ: Then we’ll talk about Mr. Ferretti. I like every name to suggest something or other, but we have to be much more subtle about it than they were in Dickens’ day – with Mr. Bumble, and Gradgrind, and all that. With Mr. Ferretti – a perfectly plausible Italianate surname – we conjure up a hunting creature very good at digging things up.
Ms. P: The ferret, perhaps?
SQ: None other.
Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. Go do your taxes.
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