"'The flies have conquered the flypaper,' she quoted."
-SM Stirling, Against The Tide Of Years (New York, 1999), Chapter Seventeen, p. 251.
"I wish I could quote that great line of Steinbeck's, about the flies having conquered the flypaper."
-Poul Anderson, "Star of the Sea" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), 16, p. 606.
A great line? What does it mean? An army has conquered a country but has got bogged down in it?
The beautiful young princess speaks four languages:
"...and a bit of what seemed to be a very archaic form of Sanskrit." (Against The Tide..., p. 253)
"Ian...was working on a history of the Indo-European languages in his spare time. He would be working even harder on it if there were some way of publishing in the vanished world uptime. Not many people on the Island were interested." (ibid., p. 254)
A vanished world! We recognize "uptime" as Time Patrol terminology.
"Had the weather been the same this day in the destroyed world?"
-Poul Anderson, The Shield of Time (New York, 1991), p. 356.
A destroyed world! Thus time travelers think of timelines that they have left behind.