1. "Populated by what many dismissed as useless lubbers (conjuring the image of sleepy and oafish men lolling about doing nothing), North Carolina forged a lasting legacy as what we might call the first white trash colony"
- Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
2. "I knew how I sounded - slow and oafish, like the cousin who gets ditched and goes on playing alone, as if he'd planned it that way. I couldn't quite tell her about the daily beauty, how I didn't tire of seeing 6 a.m. light on the telephone wires. When I was younger, I'd expected to grow out of the gap between the self I knew and what I heard myself say. I'd expected to feel more like one single person."
- Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World
3. "Casey recalled how Gail defended herself in the parking lot of the English & Philosophy Building from the unwanted attentions of a lecherous fellow student, who shall remain nameless. ‘Please leave me alone,’ Ms Godwin warned the offending student, ‘or I shall be forced to wound you with a weapon you can ill afford to be wounded by in a town this small.’ The threat was most mysterious, not to mention writerly, but the oafish lecher was not easily deterred. ‘And what might that weapon be, little lady?’ the lout allegedly asked. ‘Gossip,’ Gail Godwin replied."
- John Irving, The Imaginary Girlfriend: A Memoir
4. "The Challenge is to pry Bertie loose from Dain and his circle of oafish dengenerates, Jessica said severely. It would be far more profitable to pry Dain loose for yourself, said her grandmother. He is very wealthy, his lineage is excellent, he is young, strong, and healthy, and you feel a powerful attraction. He isn’t husband material. What I have described is perfect husband material. said her grandmother. I don’t want a husband. Jessica, no woman does who can regard men objectively. And you have always been magnificently objective."
- Loretta Chase, Lord of Scoundrels