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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 201

1. “Kissing your hand may make you feel very very good but a diamond and safire bracelet lasts forever”

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This quote is notable partly because its content serves as the inspiration for the most famous song (and memorable scene) in the movie version as sung by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel. It's also representative of the kind of humor Loos employs in the novel: the misspelling of the word "sapphire" and the delivery of a one-liner that the narrator intends to be wise, but that the reader accepts as patently ridiculous.

2. “I overheard Dorothy talking to Mr Montrose and she was telling Mr Montrose that she thought that I would be great in the movies if he would write me a part that only had three expressions, Joy, Sorrow, and Indigestion.”

This is another great example of the kind of humor you find in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which often relies on the naïveté of the narrator. Here she makes a completely straight-faced and earnest statement that reveals to the reader both her lack of talent and more importantly her lack of insight into the people around her or situations she finds herself in. She completely misses the insult in Dorothy's statement.

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