Maddie came up with this joke after we’d both read The Historian.
Integra (thinking): I’ll just address this to Sir Penwood, and…hello, what’s this?
It feels old…and all of the pages are blank. There’s something in the middle?
Alucard: Oh, hey, you found one! I keep losing those things…
Helena: Go read The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s a richly detailed, lovely, and worthwhile book.