"Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way."

This quotation comes at the beginning of a long passage describing Dixon's hangover at the beginning of Chapter 6. The quotation is a good example of how comedy works in Lucky Jim, as the humor of this particular quotation lies in its twisting an ordinary phrase into something absurd. Dixon's humor often works this way in the novel, taking trite or clichéd language of others, then inverting it on itself. The passage in which this quotation appears describes at length Dixon's feelings upon waking up with a nasty hangover, and this is also indicative of the humor of the novel, where comedic lines are used to underscore comedic situations.