"'Oh, Nolly May'"

Nolly May was Ada's pet name for Lamb Nugent. It comes from the Latin Noli mi tangere - meaning 'touch me not' words allegedly spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognised him after his Resurrection. If the phrase is translated from the Greek it is , perhaps more accurately here, 'stop clinging to me.' An indication perhaps that Ada recognised Lamb's desires and flirted with him but would not satisfy him.