“The youthful stationmaster wore a Blue Spot on his uniform and remonstrated with the driver that the train was a minute late, and that he would have to file a report. The driver retorted that since there could be no material difference between a train that arrived at a station and a station that arrived at a train, it was equally the stationmaster’s fault, to which the stationmaster replied that he could not be blamed because he had no control over the speed of the station to which the engine driver replied that the stationmaster could control it’s placement, and that if it were only 1,000 yards closer to Vermillion, the problem would be solved. To this the stationmaster replied that if the driver didn’t accept the lateness as his fault, he would move the station 1,000 yards farther from Vermillion and make him not just late but demeritably overdue.”

Before he wrote Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde clearly worked for LUL. ūüėÄ