Had Jeeves been at his elbow, Bertie would doubtless have taken this situation triumphantly in his stride. But, alas, Jeeves was not there. He had taken himself off to some distant resort whence he held a watching brief, advising and encouraging, but allowing the Young Master to make of it what he could.
Detailed Review Summary of Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse
Skickas inom vardagar. For a start, he's astonished to read in The Times of his engagement to the mercurial Bobbie Wickham.
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Then at Brinkley Court, his Aunt Dahlia's establishment, he finds his awful former head master in attendance ready to award the prizes at Market Snodsbury Grammar School. And finally the Brinkley butler turns out for reasons of his own to be Bertie's nemesis in disguise, the brain surgeon Sir Roderick Glossop. With all occasions informing against him, Bertie has to hightail it to Herne Bay to liberate Jeeves from his shrimping net.
And after that, the fun really starts. Wickham had also the disposition and general outlook on life of a ticking bomb.
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The cast is rounded out by the eminent brain specialist Sir Roderick Glossop, who has come to Brinkley incognito, pretending to be a butler named Swordfish. It is no surprise that the situation should deteriorate into a tangled mess that only Jeeves is capable of ironing out.
One can readily appreciate that when a dog hears himself addressed day in and day out as Poppet, he feels he must throw his weight about. His self-respect demands it.
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Wodehouse has an absolutely glorious turn of phrase. I have to be careful, though: last time I answered the phone in an amusing fashion, it turned out to be my great aunt on the other end.
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It was, in fact, a somewhat Woosterish situation. The story barrels along with vim and vigour and people falling into lakes, which all comes together into a winning confection of delicious silliness.
So there we are. Being a hopeless anglophile I have wanted to give Wodehouse a try pretty much as a matter of course — being not a native of the British Isles I've always shied back from giving Wodehouse a try because I was worried his humour might be just too British for us humour-deprived continentals to get.