"Bunny put away his copy of The Bride of Fu Manchu"

The Bride of Fu Manchu is one of a series of Fu Manchu novels written by the English author Sax Rohmer (1883-1959). Fu Manchu is a master criminal who eschews modern methods of carrying out his murderous plots in favour of more obscure weapons, such as poisonous spiders, secret societies of assassins, and poisonous mushrooms. The character of Fu Manchu has often been criticised as a case of racial stereotyping; Bunny's literary tastes seem to reflect his general xenophobia. The rather sensationalist and populist Fu Manchu novels would not appeal to Julian's more highbrow taste.