I think this will be one of the few entirely literary references or rather influences on Kill Bill. The encounter of Beatrix and Vernita at the beginning of the first movie is, I believe, loosely modelled after a J. D. Salinger short story, namely “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut”. The story is about two women, Mary Jane and Eloise, who haven’t seen each other since high school, and, in the meantime, married and had children. Similarities: Mary Jane drives in her car up to Eloise’s house, when both Eloise’s husband and daughter are out. They went to college together, but haven’t seen each other since and this is the first time they meet again. They mainly talk about their respective husbands and children. While M.J. and E. are having a drink, Eloise’s little daughter, Ramona, comes home and interrupts their conversation. M.J. complements her dress by saying: “Oh, what a
pretty dress!” in the same manner that Beatrix complements Nikia’s name. And, when M.J. asks Ramona whether she has a “beau”, Ramona is silent, until E. says: “Mary Jane, asked you a question, Ramona.” and later repeats the question: “Mary Jane asked you if you have a beau.” [/quote]
I thought of this too, especially cause the dialogues are the same but wasn’t sure it was only a coincidence or not.