“When I think of my dear departed father barely cold in his grave” Ignatius murmured, pretending to wipe some moisture from his eyes.
“Mr Reilly died 20 years ago.”
Twenty-one,” Ignatius gloated.
Ignatius T. Reilly and his mother Irene, in John Kennedy Toole’s quirky masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces (1980), published 11 years after the author’s death. In 1981 the book earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.