Sadly, most of the jokes hit the “cutting room floor” as they say in filmmaking.
I originally had named a pair of yarn stores after my agent and my daughter, and then the entire chapter bit the dust. Sigh.
But there’s still a few things, which I know are probably only interesting to me. (But I don’t care, you’re going to hear about them anyway!)
The last name Thwaite is from Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers, wherein handsome Guy Thwaite finds true love with Nan St. George. It’s one of my favorite books, and
one of the rare times in Wharton’s books that anyone gets to live happily ever after. The oldest Thwaite brother is named Roger, after the family friend who made
the joke about petunias that one time, which is why the youngest Westfalian princess is named Petunia! The youngest Thwaite brother is named Dickon because I’ve been
in love with that name since I read The Secret Garden as a wee lass. And there you have it!