She sprang it on me before breakfast. There in seven words you have a complete character sketch of my Aunt Agatha. I could go on indefinitely about brutality and lack of consideration. I merely say that she routed me out of bed to listen to her painful story somewhere in the small hours.
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Hot on the heels of the Blandings centenary in June comes the th anniversary of P. The centenary has been commemorated with a flurry of articles try What ho! I still blush to think of the off-hand way I treated him at our first encounter. The story begins:. She sprang it on me before breakfast.
There in seven words you have a complete character sketch of my Aunt Agatha. I could go on indefinitely about brutality and lack of consideration. I merely say that she routed me out of bed to listen to her painful story somewhere in the small hours. If I ever breakfasted at half past eight I should walk on the Embankment, trying to end it all in a watery grave. What this degraded performance may be I have not the least notion.
Bertie treats us to a personal tour of New York hotels, bars and theatre. On arrival, he tells us:. New York is a large city conveniently situated on the edge of America, so that you step off the liner right on to it without an effort.
You go out of a barn and down some stairs, and there you are, right in among it. It was rotten. The poor nut had got stage fright so badly that it practically eliminated his voice. A remarkable story!
The rekindled romance of Joe and Julia is just one of the several endearing features of this narrative. You are right that it is difficult to choose what to quote! I almost always find some new, pleasing aspect of any Wodehouse stuff I am re-reading.
Such a prolific author has to have some not-of-the-very-best material but with Plum it is still high-grade ore to mine. Yes, I agree. Oh dear. But the Aparna Narrain one was very good with some splendidly chosen quotes. Not sure about the saintly looking Plum photo though. These remain subdued, only to resurface when we least expect it.
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A bookish blog mostly about women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Skip to content. The story begins: She sprang it on me before breakfast. And Bertie is in excellent form on the subject of Aunt Agatha.
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Jeeves & Wooster centenary: Extricating Young Gussie
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The Man With Two Left Feet/Extricating Young Gussie
The story features the first appearance of two of Wodehouse's most popular and enduring characters, the impeccable valet Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster , though there are some differences between this story and later stories in which they appear. Bertie's imperious Aunt Agatha , a recurring character, is also introduced in this story. While Jeeves is only a minor character in this story, he plays a larger role in the next published story in which he appears, " The Artistic Career of Corky " originally titled "Leave it to Jeeves" , which was first published in February In Bertie's flat in London, around half past eleven, Jeeves wakes Bertie up telling him that his Aunt Agatha has come to see him. She is distressed that Augustus "Gussie" Mannering-Phipps, her nephew and Bertie's cousin living in New York City, has fallen for a girl named Ray Denison who is a vaudeville performer. Concerned about the family's prestige, Aunt Agatha does not want Gussie to marry a vaudeville performer like his late father did, though Gussie's mother Julia learned to be aristocratic.
Extricating Young Gussie
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