Miles' puns here on The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, a series of essays written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., for The Atlantic Monthly and published in book form in 1858. The reference may be Miles' subtle acknowledgement of a model for her own column since Holmes' dialogues quickly turn into monologues delivered by the witty and enlightened Autocrat (as Miles "conversations" are often dominated by the sententious Fireman).