Hank: (to Todd Carr) You got me all wrong. You see, I try to live in an ivory tower, but a tide of shit is constantly beating at its walls.
Karen: Don't be impressed, he stole that from Flaubert.
Gustave Flaubert was French novelist who is best known for his first novel, Madame Bovary, which was published in 1857. Hank's quote came from a letter that Flaubert wrote to Ivan Turgenev, a fellow novelist, in 1872.