Ring for Jeeves
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Spring brings four more antic novels by P. G. Wodehouse. In "Quick Service" a complicated chain of events is set into motion after Mrs. Chavender takes a bite of breakfast ham, and readers are reminded that disaster can be averted if you "Ring for Jeeves." Bertie Wooster avoids Madeleine Bassett in "Much Obliged, Jeeves," at Blandings Castle, in "Uncle Fred in the pringtime," Uncle Fred is asked to foil a plot to steal a prize pig.
it.’ ‘Good heavens! He must look the most ghastly outsider. Eh, Jeeves?’ ‘Certainly far from soigné, m’lord.’ ‘Very far from soigné. Oh, by the way, Jeeves, that reminds me. Bertie Wooster told me that you once made some such remark to him, and it gave him the idea for a ballad to be entitled “Way Down upon the Soigné River”. Did anything ever come of it, do you know?’ ‘I fancy not, m’lord.’ ‘Bertie wouldn’t have been equal to whacking it out, I suppose. But one can see a song hit there,
fauna as happened to come his way. Here, you would have said, was a man who many a time had looked his rhinoceros in the eye and made it wilt. And again, just as when you were making that penetrating analysis of Mrs Spottsworth, you would have been perfectly right. This bristly moustached he-man of the wilds was none other than the Captain Biggar whom we mentioned a moment ago in connection with the regrettable fracas which had culminated in A.B. Spottsworth going to reside with the morning
Mrs Spottsworth, a capital conversationalist, began it by saying what a beautiful night it was, to which the captain replied ‘Top hole’. ‘The moon,’ said Mrs Spottsworth, indicating it and adding that she always thought a night when there was a full moon was so much nicer than a night when there was not a full moon. ‘Oh, rather,’ said the captain. Then, after Mrs Spottsworth had speculated as to whether the breeze was murmuring lullabies to the sleeping flowers and the captain had regretted his
‘If all what was settled?’ Captain Biggar lowered his voice again, this time so far that his words sounded like gas escaping from a pipe. ‘There’s something cooking. As Shakespeare says, we have an enterprise of great importance.’ Jeeves winced. ‘“Enterprises of great pith and moment” is the exact quotation, sir.’ ‘These chaps have a big SP job on for the Derby tomorrow. It’s the biggest cert in the history of the race. The Irish horse, Ballymore.’ Jeeves raised his eyebrows. ‘Not generally
the exchanges on the rustic seat. Possibly there was nothing in the way in which Bill was comporting himself that rendered him actually liable to arrest, but she felt very strongly that some form of action should have been taken by the police. It was her view that there ought to have been a law. Nothing is more difficult than to describe in words a Charleston danced by, on the one hand, a woman who loves dancing Charlestons and throws herself right into the spirit of them, and, on the other