The World of Jeeves

I read the Introduction much sooner than the true beginning, but Wodehouse does impart some advice on how to read his dense volume: Don’t do it in one sitting; take your sweet-ass time, in other words. And I did. Although he mentions after it should be taken facetiously, saying to read perhaps four at a time, but I found it was rather easier to read a story per round of other books I had been reading, it being my humorous choice.

  • Jeeves Takes Charge puts me immediately into “Blandings”-mode. I saw the TV show before reading any Wodehouse so I’m quite pleased with my findings thus far. Bertie’s funny and lighthearted, but when he’s thrust into an uncomfortable role in a plan hatched up by his fiance’ Florence, he’s got no choice but to try and go through with it. Meanwhile he hires Jeeves, before this happens; Tee-hee. The tone is also enjoyable, the characters and humour is like watching the show which I can’t wait to continue to watch again, it’s hilariously good even though it contains a different set of characters. Anyways, Bertie runs in to the culprit of his ruined shoes which were slathered in black polish; the shoes being brown. The exaggerated thoughts of Wodehouse via Bertie, is effin’ hi-lah-ree-oos! Jeez, I was giddy it had been so long since I’d had a good laugh. Bertie puts the Boy Scout who caused the “kindness” to cut some cigars instead of messing about with his belongings by way of tidying. Bertie, meanwhile, couldn’t actually bring himself to destroy his Uncle’s manuscript despite his fiance’s unbending request. He contemplates a fire, or locking it away being the only feasible, yet not, of his options. He sticks with the latter which is noticed by his Uncle, who suspects theft. Bertie feigns innocence and is on his way out to cool off. When he gets back he overhears the Boy Scout finger Bertie as suspect and it being specifically in his room, in reference to the missing manuscript, to his Uncle. The Boy Scout continues to make it more absurd and fantasizes a perfect story around his subject, Bertie. Even funnier is when Bertie decides to move the manuscript from his locked hiding place to remember he left the key in his “evening trousers”! He then deduces Jeeves must have them, calls him and then comes in his Uncle. He plainly lies and starts his search and what gets me is the plain sounding lack of feeling to what is supposed to seem like to “spare no effort”; makes me laugh. Seeing his Uncle bumble and embarrass himself horrified Bertie; tickling me silly. Then Jeeves  comes in inopportunely for Bertie with the key! Ha! I adore this; I know I can’t or shouldn’t proclaim loving this already, but I do and if they’re all like this, redundantly so, which is part of the charm, then I have nothing more to review, but we’ll see what I decide to smatter. Jeeves has a way of predicting what will happen and it being for the best, at least as far as the first story shows. The TV series changes this to not include the Boy Scout as much, but it’s still entertaining, the story was better, though.
  • Jeeves in the Springtime starts with Bertie being perfectly intruded upon by Jeeves, most gently, with a cup of tea. Bertie sharing of how bumbling other valets can be in this task of coming in, but with Jeeves seeming to know exactly when Bertie had begun to awaken and how to make the tea to his liking. In this one Bertie bends a bit more to Jeeves knowledge, even allowing the fact Jeeves had sent back some shirts he’d bought, bowing to his expert opinions at this point. Jeeves then reveals of Bingo calling up with “something important” to speak to Bertie about, but not leaving any message, Bertie not being bothered by this, since Bingo’s idea of importance tended to not be as such. We also learn a bit of Bingo Little’s family business and the motto which goes with it, interestingly enough. When Bertie sees and confirms Jeeves opinion what kind of day it is, he informs Jeeves he’s going out and immediately runs into Bingo, who after some waiting, finally gets to the topic of importance; it being on Bertie’s opinion of the name Mabel. Which then I notice how this story also is covered by the TV series. Bingo takes Bertie to the object of his newly acquired affection, she being at a tea-and-bun shop. They sit and Bingo is about to begin ordering, which Bertie thought odd if the girl hadn’t turned up yet, when he sees the look on Bingo’s face. When the food arrives Bingo gets to the other point of his bringing Bertie there which was to introduce the matter to Jeeves for some advice, this seemingly to be Bingo’s first experience asking for advice from Jeeves. Bertie quite readily brings the matter of Bingo’s problem up to Jeeves in the evening after a little softening up by Bingo, them being old school chums and what not. Jeeves figures a plan where Bingo should read stories to his uncle whom will support his going with the waitress. This is another reason I’ve warmed to this story so easily. Bingo definitely gives Bertie an interesting profession to impress his uncle with and fits the high brow comedy of Wodehouse satire. Bingo also tries to get Bertie to raise his allowance for him as well, since they’re already trying to accomplish the almost impossible, to make matters more interesting. Bertie also realized he couldn’t truly enjoy this distinguishably unique and special lunch due to the pressure of his situation, being someone he wasn’t, trying to talk Bingo up to his uncle and get his allowance raised for his wedding, so regret was among his feelings afterwards; he enjoying the lunch being served was the whole point, it seems. Bingo’s uncle tried to pick Bertie’s brain on the profession Bingo claimed he knew. Bertie was sweating noticeable buckets almost from the start of Bingo’s uncle’s fanatic praise and questions. Once the uncle of Little was able to start talking about London though, Bertie was reminded how his Aunt had said the polar opposite of him being a plague, rather than being better for London. Then Bertie gets to the point of whether Bingo’s uncle accepts his engagement, which isn’t the problem, but of raising his allowance since his uncle couldn’t be swayed to change it since he was saving for his own future wife, his cook. Jeeves of course foresees the possible outcome and I continue to be tickled silly by these stories.
  • Scoring Off Jeeves takes place right after the “Hemmingway Affair”, Bertie believing his Aunt Agatha won’t be bothering him since she’d been royally put in her place. I learned this through The Jeeves Omnibus, which some of the stories have explanatory beginnings to the previous. Meanwhile Jeeves is away on vacation and we see how Bertie gets along in his absence with the help of a temporary replacement of Jeeves’ choosing which satisfies enough in his stead. During Jeeves’s updating his understudy on the tasks to be had, Bertie walks in to overhear Jeeves essentially label him a simpleton, to Bertie’s ego’s surprise. He took it in stride even though he continued to brood over the “harsh” words when he saw Bingo and greeted him as customary to them both. Turns out Bingo was tutoring an acquaintance which seemed out of the ordinary to Bertie, but is shown why once Bertie mentions the name Glossop: the name of the kid being tutored  was the sister of Bingo’s desire and realized this upon seeing the doe look on Bingo’s face, again bewildering Bertie since he found her to be on the abrasive side. It’s quite difficult to fully review the stories due to how smoothly they run together. I run into a question which has plagued America since the mid-1990s: W.W.J.D. being taken from Wodehouse: What would Jeeves have done? Sort of, kind of, yes? Hm! Hmhm! It was so close I must wonder. Any-who, Bertie comes up with a plan to endear Honoria to Bingo by making her little brother fall into the water from which he constantly fishes and the plan, of course goes in an unexpected, yet hilarious direction. I especially found delight in this one since I had recently at this point found the DVD Box set of Jeeves & Wooster with the comedy duo Fry and Laurie which starts with this story! It was perfectly timed on my part. They stayed true to this one and I’ll definitely enjoy the rest now, I’m sure.
  • Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch begins with Bertie not at all happy about his attachment to Honoria and hoping her Aunt is about to announce to him how Sir Roderick, her father, disapproved of him so much as to cancel their engagement, also since Honoria has developed a strong dislike of Jeeves and wants Bertie to unload him, which seemed more than a marriage deserved in the way of compromises. Bertie describes her father’s profession as being a janitor to a  loony bin, which obviously is Bertie’s way of making himself feel better due to his unfortunate match. Sir Roderick wanted to make certain Bertie hadn’t pushed Oswald in the pond and to also be sure his sanity was intact. Bertie admits to his Aunt he had “leaned” on the boy and he’d “shot off” into the water; I love it! Also since he had a relation who did seem to take to senility after a time and had been a bit eccentric before, Sir Roderick wanted to ease his own mind of Bertie being upstanding. A meeting time is made and Bertie goes on with his day in high spirits. Next day Bertie runs into his twin cousins with a buddy of theirs who are looking for him and ran into Jeeves at his flat, so they all could go to lunch. When I saw this made for TV they changed the P.O.V.’s a bit,  and messed with the ending to make it work, it was still funny, but the original is better in this case. Bertie informs them of his schedule with Sir Roderick and gives them some cash, as requested since he was unable to join them and expected to see Sir Roderick storming around in wait of Bertie, but he hadn’t even arrived and was informing Jeeves the same advice given to him on how to act so as not to seem crazy, when the bell rang and the “show” begins. Bertie starts off rocky, in his own opinion, but Sir Roderick seems unphased, only apologizing for his tardiness and the both sitting to lunch. Then Sir Roderick notices a noise reminding him of a cat which Bertie offered to being a taxi and Sir Roderick takes the suggestion in a cold manner, but is relieved by an offer of lemon-squash. Sir Roderick goes on with his conversation which Bertie misreads as a lecture and responds in a way which confuses Sir Roderick and so he continues, but then Bertie has a strange occurrence happen to him involving his hat being snatched off him and the taxi driving away with the hat being waved triumphantly from the window. Bertie tries not to show his amusement, almost busting a gut in the effort and then attempts to explain the practical joke off which fails to amuse Sir Roderick and then he hears cats again, so Bertie calls Jeeves to see if it could be explained and when it is, he is quite shocked by the response, as is Sir Roderick who harbors a hatred for them. They collide in their hurry to both confirm this statement, which Sir Roderick then believed the collision to be on purpose so “armed” himself with the handiest object. Bertie apologizes quickly to alleviate the situation and explains his reason for haste which Sir Roderick was coming to believe when more absurdities were mentioned of the state of Bertie’s room which put Sir Roderick permanently over the edge. This story, recreated by the show is slightly changed for physical comedic reasons, but I could still appreciate how they brought it to TV-life even without the changes, which would have been preferred, but Fry and Laurie are comedic-gold unto themselves, so I’ll let it be; But I prefer Mr. Wodehouse’s original story regardless, due to the simplified version portrayed for the show. After Jeeves speaks with Sir Roderick, Bertie begins to realize the situation ending in his favor and goes vacationing in France to lay low. What I wouldn’t give for the same option.
  • Aunt Agatha Takes the Count begins with Bertie on holiday to escape his Aunt Agatha’s wrath to his decline of marriage to Honoria. He knew his Aunt wouldn’t understand so hence his quick departure. On his ride to Reville he meets a girl he takes a shine to, Aline Hemmingway. Bertie was in the midst of trying on a fashion-senseless cummerbund Jeeves couldn’t help but remark upon as Bertie suspected and refused to be swayed in this area due to Jeeves talents elsewhere and to needing not feel like a servant to him. Jeeves takes Bertie’s decline with a chill exterior. It puts Bertie in a bad mood which Aline notices and makes him feel better about since they shared the same opinion when Aline’s brother appears, who in fact, works with God, which is hinted to slightly by Bertie by the mention of Honoria earlier. Bertie offers to show her brother the sights and how he’d do anything for her, when his sentiments were cut off by Sidney (her brother’s) return. Then Bertie arrives back at his hotel and Jeeves makes it known his Aunt is close at hand. Bertie had been found out through fairly obvious means and tracked, but when asked what he could do about it, Jeeves plays dumb, which Bertie gets the feeling is because of his ignoring his advice about the cummerbund, so goes for a walk. Bertie has consistently been overwhelmed by his Aunt. She has a severe manner, but Bertie wasn’t able to develop sufficient mental defense against her. Bertie didn’t wish to run again due to Aline, otherwise would have seen the sense in doing so. When he returns there’s a note wanting him to visit her at some point after dinner. He gets ready to do so when a knock on the door reveals only Aline and her brother. We soon determine Mr. “Parson” had a bit of bad luck gambling and gotten one of his vacay-ing parishioners to make him a cheque for 100 pounds and promptly loses it to gambling it away. Sidney was in the soup with this one and feared repercussion from his “vic-ah”. Bertie admired the chap’s gumption at being in such a hole. Aline offers her pearls as collateral to Bertie’s winnings if he would kindly loan it to them, which Bertie refused to accept and offered the cash straight forwardly. Aline is so relieved and taken with Bertie’s conduct, she insists upon a receipt and leaves Bertie with a favor which puts him in a stupor as the brother shakes his hand to go. After they leave, Jeeves lets Bertie know he thought he may have jumped the gun with offering up his winnings so hastily. He then recounts a previous employer getting swindled similarly. It dawns on Bertie slowly he was had and was about to get more annoyed by Jeeves not mentioning this to him sooner, but Jeeves makes it known his reasoning behind keeping it to himself, which again impresses Bertie. The plot continues to thicken as Jeeves also lets out whom the pearls actually belonged and gives the advice to locate the pearls in Aunt Agatha’s room. Bertie takes the advice and goes to his Vunt’s room, which is teaming with hotel staff due to the theft. Bertie lets himself in and his Aunt doesn’t care about his presence or his reason for being there. Bertie acts mystified to the idea her pearls were gone. His Aunt proceeds to get more irritated and loud until Bertie, during the scene stashes the pearls and “discovers” them in mid-rant a-la-Auntie, which promptly shuts her up to Bertie’s glee and fantasies of this story being told to his great-progeny in his possible future. Bertie continues to rub in how horrible his Aunt was to the hotel manager, after which his Aunt no longer wanted to speak of the note Bertie had originally come to her for. Jeeves also gets a gift from Bertie in the form of 20 pounds and also to Bertie’s hesitant acceptance, in releasing the cummerbund to Jeeves for charitable disposal.
  • In The Artistic Career of Young Corky, Bertie goes to New York where he’s sent by his Aunt to stop his cousin, Gussie from marrying a girl on a vaudeville stage, so Bertie stops there before going home. It has more to do with Corky, a burgeoning portrait painter making most of his living from an Uncle Worple who made his fortune from jute, which isn’t understood by Bertie or myself. Corky’s uncle also thought he should stop with art and start at the bottom of the jute business which Corky thought wouldn’t suit him, so continues to claim a small allowance from his uncle. Although Corky got around the pressure by allowing his uncle to burden him with talk of his own hobby about birds, he goes to Bertie with his fianceé, Muriel to discuss the issue of breaking the news to his Uncle. Bertie was noticing how Muriel seemed to be one of those girls whom makes any man feel manly and protective. Bertie tried his best to help with a plan, but when nothing came of it, he called Jeeves who had one crazy idea which would obviously be interesting to play out. Unfortunately for Corky, something odd and against his favor occurs from the plan’s completion. When Bertie briefs Jeeves on the situation, he’s already figured out it was a possibility of the events. After a time, Bertie visits Corky as he’s painting a portrait of his second-cousin and realizes how down he is from being put in his current position. Bertie then leaves him be until he receives a call from Corky relating to him he feels he needs the moral support since his Uncle is coming to inspect the painting and can’t figure what he feels is wrong with it, so Bertie agrees after convincing him to allow Jeeves presence to be added. After Corky’s uncle sees the work he decidedly didn’t take it at all well. Then Jeeves materializes from the background and states to them Corky’s uncle had given him the idea himself to go into the line of comics, for the portrait was quite comical. It saves poor Corky’s artistic nature as he excitedly goes to show a friend in the same line of work his painting, being sure it will be his ticket to success. Jeeves even comes up with the title of the piece and when the comic comes out in print, we ascertain Jeeves was gratefully compensated and Bertie continued to be advised on which suit he shouldn’t wear. These stories still make me feel warm and fuzzy. The TV version of this conjoined two of the short stories as they seem to be doing quite a bit, but it’s still fun to watch.
  • Jeeves and the Chump Cyril has Bertie still residing in New York and Cyril Bassington-Bassington comes from England with a letter from Bertie’s Aunt Agatha. Bertie recieves the letter, after which he goes to meet a buddy and then Jeeves comes to impart to him of Cyril’s arrest. Bertie and George go spring him out and Cyril gets on so well with George they go off and start spending more time together, which turns out to be not such a fortunate grouping. Bertie then receives another letter notifying him to keep Cyril away from the theater. No luck with George giving him a small part which he won’t take away from him now they’ve bonded. So, old Bertie seems to be up the familiar creek. He goes to Jeeves out of desperation and he says he’ll think the problem over. Meanwhile Bertie is stressing over what his Aunt will think and Cyril decides Bertie’s all for his acting and bothers him all hours for his opinion as Jeeves is taking his time on helping out because Bertie is wearing purple socks. I must say, the short story outshines the TV episode on this one. Anyways, once Bertie receives another letter informing him of what would happen if he didn’t comply to his Aunt and Cyril’s father’s wishes, Bertie runs straight to Jeeves in his distress and runs into a makeshift tea party Jeeves is hosting, including a snobby little boy Bertie goes toe-to-toe with before getting Jeeves to himself. Unfortunately it didn’t enlighten Bertie, for a ring at the door had Cyril arriving and needing advice on an outfit for his part. After being advised to ask Jeeves (ha,ha), he come in being tailed by the boy, after which Bertie starts taking a liking to the tyke once he has some choice words for Cyril. About a week later, Bertie is invited to see a rehearsal of the play. He’s surprised, once he detects him, Cyril has a minimal background supporting role which had gone against how he rehearsed and asked advice, and then the manager, Blumenfield gets a visit from his son, the same little pest from the tea party and puts everyone on edge. The boy sets his sights on Cyril as they’re rehearsing once again and Cyril realizes he may be in danger of losing his part and unfortunately for him, because he couldn’t take anymore “abuse”, did. He changes his tune of wanting to keep trying for the entertainment line which he lied through his teeth to save face for how he actually got fired. Jeeves of course goes and gives away Bertie’s socks before Bertie even thought of giving permission for him to do so by the end, to Bertie’s surprise.
  • Bertie continues to reside in New York in Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest, when we hear of how he’s had an experience involving a Lady Malvern and her son Wilmot. He was also feeling put upon by Jeeves when he had a differing opinion on some boots he wished to wear. Bertie stuck to his guns and was feeling liberated, but was then told Lady Malvern was waiting in his sitting room upon his after-bathing rituals, to Bertie’s un-jokingly-tolerant demeanor at such an early hour (10 am). Bertie didn’t have a clue as to who Lady Malvern was as he dressed, then remembered she was friends with his Aunt. He goes head-to-head again with Jeeves over a tie before greeting Lady Malvern and her son, who is in the 23-year-old range. Bertie is glad to hear his Aunt had told her friend to come see him, in the hope it meant he’d be able to soon return to England. His reasoning was she might’ve been upset over the outcome of his role in his cousin Gussie’s actions whilst in America and thought it safer to wait out her wrath there, since England is too small a place to bide his Aunt’s anger and wouldn’t want to be exiled from home for the rest of his days. Lady Malvern was there with the intention of securing safe boarding for her “little boy” whilst she toured by train around America by herself for a companion book she was writing, and Wilmot doesn’t travel well, so due to Jeeves not being within reach, Bertie was stuck with Wilmot upon his return from sight-seeing with his mother before her train left. Once they left, Bertie had a moment befitting a temperamental child, but in a funny way which slowly dawned to him realizing Jeeves’ indifference to the situation and deciding to dig his heels in and be an inwardly tortured soul. Bertie stays out late, with Wilmot beating him by a few minutes and Jeeves notices him curled upon the mat outside. In the morning he’s perfectly fine and Bertie contemplates the situation he now perceives himself. I saw the episode of this story halfway through reading and it was changed slightly where Bertie meets them and the age of Wilmot looking a bit older, otherwise it still stayed true to the story, including some dialogue. Anyways, Wilmot wants to inquire of Jeeves on the subject of a b&s, which I found out is an Australian party ritual which lasts a few days and completely makes sense for what Wilmot has in mind for his stay in New York. Bertie would have sympathised with Wilmot’s position if he knew he wouldn’t be the one reprimanded. When Bertie has taken more than Rollo the dog can chew (of his leg), he splits whilst he has a modicum of leg left and visits his friend in the country; Jeeves-less, since he still hadn’t forgiven him about the hat and tie, plus when Bertie came to plea for help and met nary even a sympathetic ear. Unfortunately, Bertie couldn’t handle the loud (it being of nature) country living, he was back in New York within the week. (One other difference from the TV episode is Bertie isn’t followed by Tuppy who has a little quandary of his own, to divert Bertie’s attention temporarily, before going back to New York.) Upon his arrival, he learns the dog was no longer there because Wilmot had also been bitten, which Bertie had been appreciative of righteous justice and warmed up to those who divvy it out in his favor if he’s had an opposing view at first. Jeeves then informs Bertie the reason for Wilmot’s absence, which at first, shocks and upsets Bertie for his own fate, then Jeeves gives him a plan which quells his mind, until Lady Malvern pops by and he gets caught in his lie, but is resolved by Jeeves to Bertie’s grateful relief, offering to Jeeves anything he can do for him, which included paying a debt for a bet which was also left out of the TV show.
  • Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg begins with Bertie showering us with compliments for Jeeves, which brings us to the main reason for the story which is to help with Bicky and his Uncle. Jeeves was commenting to Bertie how Bickersteth called twice to see him and Bertie was happy to oblige the conversation since Jeeves had been acting coldly for Bertie’s new facial accouterments, which he refused to give in to Jeeves distaste for. We get more information as to where the two met and what they had in common, also discussing what Bicky’s uncle did for him to help get along in the city (I wish I had the same). Moving on, we learn why Bicky is familiar with living “on the rocks”, his uncle being a frugal spender and once we are given more details on his wealth, which the meaning of is to be called a hard-boiled egg. Bicky turns up after Jeeves and Bertie’s discussion ends and he was going to explain his dilemma when he’s surprised by Jeeves knowledge of the reason already (the gossip between house-workers trust them, but they trust others like themselves, as well; Reminds me of Albert Nobbs, though a sad movie). Jeeves comes up with the idea Bertie could be kind enough to allow Bicky the use of his apartment since his uncle was coming in to see the condition he was living in matched the one he told him, which poor Bicky hadn’t been honest about. He didn’t like asking these sorts of favors of his friends, but Bertie knew he was an upright fellow and wanted to help. The show stayed true to the story to a point, but in this case it outshined the story. When Bickersteth comes to stay and sees how well his nephew is living, he planned on stopping his allowance. Jeeves thinks of another plan to remedy this, apprising them both his idea and after trouble understanding at first what he had in mind, they warmed to it and built upon the details as needed. The show does take some liberties by conjoining two stories again and also changed some detail during a pivotal scene near the end, which was quite funny. Bicky is satisfied with the results though and the items Bertie sacrifices for Jeeves happiness once he’d done these kindnesses for his friends and himself, is so simple and ridiculous it’s a wonder how a man would elicit joy in them. Jeeves has one request of dress and upon Bertie’s giving up one of his eccentricities to make him happy, he truly appreciates it; Good fun.
  • In The Aunt and the Sluggard, we are introduced to Rockmettler (Rocky) Todd, who is mentioned earlier on in the TV show when Bertie goes to the country to escape Cyril. Bertie begins to marvel at how many of his friends seem to be financially supported by their Aunts and uncles, which Bertie was all for since he included himself amongst the group. Anyways, Rocky had burst into Bertie’s bedroom whilst he was in REM-mode, in much duress caused by a letter. Rocky was in such a state he wanted Bertie to read it, but Bertie doesn’t do those sorts of brain using activities until after tea, so once he inquired from who it was, Bertie delved straight back into unconsciousness to wake up to learn Rocky had finished reading the letter to him and advice on what to do. Bertie gets out of responding by getting Rocky to read the letter again for Jeeves since Bertie was in no condition to be of useful advice, but continually interrupting during his reading, which are amusing for Bertie’s natural simplicity. Rocky explains why his Aunt’s letter is troublesome to his way of life. Rocky isn’t anywhere near living “respectably” which would satisfy his Aunt’s notions of “living to the fullest” in New York. Jeeves gives his opinion of what could be done. Once getting a simpler explanation of the plan from Bertie, Rocky warms to the idea and even more so when Jeeves agrees to being the man who will make the notes for the letters he must write to his Aunt. It goes well until Rocky’s Aunt decides to make a surprise visit at “Rocky’s apartment”, making Bertie feel like an intruder in his own home. It’s the same as the show once Aunt makes herself comfortable. “Poor” Bertie must away to a hotel to wait out her visit as Rocky and she go out, he wearing Bertie’s three sizes too small suits; What a laugh. Jeeves brings more of Bertie’s clothing to him the next morning, what with no plans to fix the situation having yet come to his mind. Bertie begins trying to forget his trouble and starts running into Rocky with his Aunt at the same restaurants and was feeling sorry for him, knowing he was being tortured with all the night-scene life. It works out in the end though, when Jeeves thinks of his own Aunt who’s a similar character and what got her to snap back to normal, letting Rocky go back to the country where he wanted to be from the first.
  • In Comrade Bingo, Bertie gets an earful by political speakers. He soon runs into Bingo’s uncle who is recently married and has become a lord. They are soon noticed by a “soap-box”-er which rattles Bertie a bit being the fodder for his political stance, which soon turns on Bittlesham, deciding then to saunter them farther away from the abuse. The day after, Bertie sees Bingo and lets him know of his seeing his uncle, to which Bingo is not surprised due to being the incognito heckler, to Bertie’s surprise. I saw the episode and it was pretty good, but I’m enjoying this set up more, so far. Bingo confides of his new love interest and how her father was a supporter of the Red Dawn group, disguising himself so as to not ruin his own reputation with people he knew going about the area whilst he spoke publicly; He found the use of a chin-wig helpful in his efforts. Bingo gets Bertie to invite himself and his fiance’s family over to Bertie’s for tea. Bertie portraying himself in regards to what Bingo’s come up for him is giggle-worthy and due to his worrying about his friend’s well-being, gets Jeeves to observe the family ole Bingo plans on marrying into. The requests of what will be wanted at tea, puts Jeeves on edge. When Jeeves and Bertie are introduced to them, it confounded them both. The show also kept Mr. Rowbotham’s dislike of servility, but the dealing of which was addressed differently and amusingly in the story. Then Bingo executes his devious plan for a predetermined amount to bet with so as to have enough funds to marry his love. The getting of which also stays the same in the show. When we get to the race though, we are told of what happens after the fact, the show letting one experience the loss as it happens. The main bit being Bittlesham becoming rattled by seeing the writer of his threatening letter after the race at Goodwood. One other difference is, the show gives us a riot, whilst the story has Bingo and his nemesis fight for the heart of his fiance as she’s being taken away by a policeman. After learning Jeeves’ part in the fiasco, he rewards him generously.
  • In The Great Sermon Handicap Bertie Bertie boils from the heat and marvels at Jeeves natural rhyming ability when, reading a letter from Bingo whose residing at Twing Hall for the moment where Bertie’s two cousins are also visiting, becomes puzzled by the other side of the letter, the heat helping Bertie decide to accept the invitation to come see them. Upon arriving, he sees Cynthia, a childhood chum and fleeting love interest. They get to talking about Bingo and how he seemed to have googly-eyed love for her. I remember this one also being covered in the series; A pretty entertaining one, I might add. Meanwhile, once the agreed upon segregating between women and men begins, Bertie goes and realizes Bingo is moping over previous story’s love interest with Bertie failing to follow, taking Bingo’s euphemisms for fact, until getting slapped with reality. Once Bingo figures out Bertie knew the people of the house, he perked up considerably to Bertie’s usefulness to woo.The next morning Bertie is “wooed” out of sleep by Bingo’s love poem. Then his cousins come in to disturb him as to whether he was informed by Bingo of their betting on parsons, which he hadn’t for “lurve”-sickness. They proceed to catch him up and after consulting Jeeves, decides to partake of the game, which becomes a nice fiasco when their “galloping beauty” for longest preach-time goes awry and so have to figure out who’s the next best to win. Jeeves has inside information of course which makes Bingo upset in more ways than the obvious one. Good’un!
  • After, The Purity of the Turf has Bertie expressing to us, due to his epic failure with the betting tip, he wouldn’t be making the same mistake again. He was only going to bet on the big races as a sure thing, with Jeeves agreement. Bingo however, brings another betting event to Bertie’s attention and wishes for him to join in the “fun”. After consulting Jeeves they decide to team up. Then after deciding which races they wanted to bet on, one with inside information from Bingo and the other from Jeeves they also waiting after proof by a secret field test of the lad, Bingo makes a boo-boo when he lets their better opponent see what their “betting horse” was capable of, making Harold, the bet-pony, a target for injury. Bingo gets a bit nutty protecting him from Ne’er Do Wells and later on asks Bertie to stand in for him at evening service since both better and “horsey” sing in the choir and Bingo, being indisposed proposes Bertie go and keep a look-out. (I remember this episode also being quite amusing.) Anyways, Steggles, the other “evil” better, does his nasty trick to Harold, getting him removed from the service and disqualified to race in the games. They now only had the Mother’s Sack Race, until Jeeves announced to Bertie of another inside tip about the gardener’s daughter, who’s entered the Girl’s Egg and Spoon Race. When the day of events arrives, Steggles does his best to counter all their “sure things”. Jeeves fixes the game in the end, though, making for a happy ending, as per usual.
  • The Metropolitan Touch has Bertie receiving a letter from Bingo in regards to being in love, along with the accompaniment of Jeeves and a specified amount and type of cigarettes. After being at first skeptical of the match, Jeeves, knowing to whom Bingo’s affections belonged, told Bertie it was advisable to help him and so Bertie accepts his knowledge, complimenting Jeeves for his ability to being nothing but a great man to have at one’s back. Bingo meets them at the station, sending Jeeves ahead to Twing Hall, whilst he and Bertie hoof it on a “short-cut” to hopefully cross paths with his current lady-love. After some time they do, and Bingo acts like he’s ready to swoon, disgusting Bertie for having to see him in mid-throe. She wasn’t walking alone though, deflating Bingo much. After bringing the already known fact to Jeeves, he advises Bertie to advise Bingo to befriend the chap, a curate who is currently in the running for Mary’s heart. The tip livens Bingo up immediately, ready to take on the task. After contriving the plan and it seeming to go well, Bertie receives another letter from Bingo, similar to the first in his repetitive prose and needing assistance as well as despairing. Bertie has had enough and proposes Bingo end his dreary life in a funny flippant way, to which Jeeves offers to go alone to investigate the situation which Bertie welcomes. Upon Jeeves return, the plot thickens considerably to include Steggles villain-like self to the bunch. Steggles starts a bet on an eating contest which Bingo can’t help but take part as well, along with Burgess. It’s found out by Mary, Bingo now tainted in her eyes. Jeeves comes up with another plan involving Bingo doing charitable deeds around town. Bertie doesn’t hear from him for a few weeks until he shows up in his bed, to Bertie’s irritation when arriving back after 3 AM on a late night out. Bingo, after abruptly waking Bertie with a shoe, promptly wants to share with him the goings on between him and Mary, which Bertie cares not for at the moment, but only to sleep in his own bed, but Bingo continues as if he had thrown a welcoming arm out to proceed. He explains why he isn’t worried about his “opponent” the curate and how he came to take over the Christmas play. By the end of which we are led to believe Bingo’s able to talk so much and thoroughly as to get Bertie to close his own bedroom door behind him, purportedly to the made up the guest bed for Bingo. A few more weeks pass with no word after Bertie “goes off” on Bingo for having woken him at 8 am, until getting a large poster of the signage for Bingo’s play which Bertie decides to attend. Steggles is taking bets to disaster and after walking away from Bertie’s offering him 100 to 8 to Bingo’s failure, the show starts, going quite well until the lights go out. They soon turn back on and the show continues. When they reach the next ballad, the boy singing soon realizes the naughtiness of the song, not wanting to continue, so Bingo tries to get Squire Tressider to continue in his stead, but he seemed to be having trouble even getting out of his seat, probably from embarrassment. Before doing anything though, the lights go out again. Squire Tressider leaves with his family when the lights turn on again. Then the finale is being performed and “terrible things” are thrown from stage at the audience like a show played at the Palace which included the same idea, leaving Bertie to get hit by a fruit. Once the audience began throwing the fruit back on stage and nailing other audience members, the lights go out again. Upon people leaving, Bertie among them, they had become warmed to the idea of waiting for Bingo to emerge and dunk him in the pond a little. Bertie goes to warn him as Bingo is contemplating his revenge on Steggles who caused the disaster and when Bertie gets him to listen, he comes up with a plan which will make him un-“intimidate”-able by the mob. At the end, Bertie is shown who Mary ends up marrying in his morning paper and he feels bad for all Jeeves hard work going to waste on a match unmet until Jeeves informs him of a bet he’d shared with Brookfield.
  • The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace I saw recently so I’m looking forward to the similarities and differences, which are similar as to Bertie’s Aunt informing him of the arrangements made for Eustace and Claude to go to South Africa. The reason for having to leave Oxford may have been different, but amuses Bertie upon hearing of it. Also his Aunt’s reason for including Bertie, besides “helping” him keep up with family news, is also to make it known he’ll be hosting them on their last night before their watery voyage. Claude’s entrance after Bertie believes the twins to be gone is much more entertaining this way than the TV version, but they both still have the right qualities, I do favor the story with it’s setup; makes me go fuzzy inside. Also when his Aunt comes to see him, in the show she sees Eustace instead of his Uncle George. Then we hear of how Marian, the object of their affections is handling their stay, which isn’t well. When Eustace is having a conversation with Bertie and his Aunt Agatha comes in, Eustace hides and she proceeds to notify Bertie her plan for him to accompany his uncle, due to a scare he’s had and needing rest. Jeeves doesn’t divulge to Bertie of his hand in getting the twins to leave, until Bertie receives a letter from Marion to give Jeeves a tip for getting the boys off her back. When the story comes out, it’s quite satisfying, even Bertie thinks so, deciding to give Jeeves his permission to burn the spats Jeeves detests so much. Jeeves knew he would do this and so already had done the deed in the morning.
  • Bingo and the Little Woman begins with Bertie lunching with Bingo at a different club then their usual and greeting each other with “affectionate” monikers. We discover why they’re dining elsewhere rather quickly. Then Bingo expresses to Bertie how he hopes he will pick up the bill since he and his uncle were still at odds, so when Bertie puts in an order he thinks Bingo would greatly appreciate and fails to get a peep out of him, we determine it’s caused by the waitress at their table who has him wolf-hound happy. Bertie expects Bingo’s call for help and puts Jeeves on the alert and “sho-nuff”, Bingo comes by a week and a couple days later to ask for a “rally-round” to get his uncle to reinstate and add to his allowance. After Bertie reminds Bingo of the other waitress he had required him to help talk to his uncle about previously, giving Bingo a light-bulb moment to implement the scheme similarly in this case, which is where I remember the show covering this episode, as well. Bertie declines to go through with it this time, but shortly gets talked into it, which he admits would happen with anyone who gave him enough time and effort in giving him the old verbal rub-down. Bertie does his required reading, with much effort before meeting Bingo’s uncle in time for his summons for lunch. Bittlesham showers him with complements for his efforts in his latest novel and sets himself up with a statement of being kindly to the whole of the human race, to which Bertie makes sure and clarifies whether including his nephew, which Bittlesham standing by his statement to the affirmative, so Bertie lets Bittlesham know of his nephews straits and after hard consideration and the book Bertie had supposedly written falling open to a random page to Bittlesham’s liking, he agrees to start up Bingo’s allowance once more. When Bertie lets loose with the news of Bingo also wanting to get married, at first Bittlesham is please, until learning it isn’t the waitress he remembers Bingo with and needs another mull-over, after which is where their meeting is left and Bertie updates Bingo of the happenings, which Bingo promptly decides must be Bertie’s fault for the wrong approach, seemingly ungrateful to Bertie and I. A few days thence, Bingo comes to call and reveals of the wedding bells he’d rung and how he planned on having Bertie break the news to his uncle, ready to pull out his old song and dance as to why Bertie should do, but once Bertie figured where he was headed, cut him off to accept resignedly. Bingo gets him down to where his new wife was waiting and was impressed by the tasteful attire she adorned herself. They all go to Bittlesham’s and Bertie goes on alone to “soften” the blow. He sees a passage from the book he’d gifted to Bittlesham, as he waited for him to enter the room, opened and underlined thinking of it’s usefulness in his current situation. Upon Bittlesham’s entrance, Bertie makes headway to the point and uses a metaphor which could be seen as literal as well, being a bit too vague to me and Bittlesham taking it seriously, as expected. Bertie clarifies and Bittlesham isn’t pleased by the news, so Bertie starts paraphrasing the passage he saw and Bittlesham glances down at the book soon after, in thought of the “defiance” of Bingo then seeing what Bertie had done proud of him and not wanting to be like the “ole” stick-in-the-mud in the story, approving of the marriage. Bertie goes and reports the good tidings to Bingo and sends him up to complete the consented blessing and Bertie makes a hasty toodle-loo. Bingo shows up not even an hour later, to what Bertie thought would be thanks for his help, but turns out to be something much different. Bingo’s new missus notices the book and alludes to her claim to authorship, getting both Bittlesam and her upset. Bingo is now stuck with being in the bad position of his uncle uncovering the trick they played on him once Rosie M. Banks proves her identity and wanting an apology from Bittlesham. Bingo calls Bertie in the morning to mention his unpleasant “discussion” with his uncle and how he and Bingo’s wife planned on coming over to Bertie’s for an explanation, to which Bertie, upon getting off the phone asks Jeeves advice, which consisted of joining Bertie’s buddy out of town to accept the invitation of staying for some time. Bertie does so, but with not much enjoyment, and decides to head back by the end of the week, calling on Bingo upon arriving and informing Jeeves of his leaving. Unfortunately Bertie is greeted by Bittlesham at Bingo’s apartment and he doesn’t act unfavorably, merely oddly. Bertie descends the stairs when the jilted conversation closes and Bingo arrives, on his way up. Bingo relates to Jeeves fixing the situation and why Bittlesham acted strangely, which was in relation to Jeeves “fixing”. Bertie was quite annoyed with this one though since it affected his reputation as a “normal” citizen and so had it in his head to part ways with Jeeves on his walk back home, but when he sees everything made to his comfort, was completely bowled over with all the conveniences which made him happy and lets go of his resolve, to which of course Jeeves knew would work if he had enough comfort-giving blows; I liked this one better than the TV counter-part.
  • The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy begins with Bertie excited to being on a trip to Paris and getting ready for the day, whilst informing Jeeves of his plans for visiting a friend. He is told Biffy had rang during his bath, to Bertie’s surprise after which he leaves, and once deciding to walk rather than continue by cab, meets Biffy on the street. Biffy apparently has gone and gotten himself lost, but Bertie had found out through Jeeves where he was staying before leaving and so repeated his address to him, but Biffy had more to share and Bertie got hooked into listening to how his reason for being in Paris was to forget a girl, the details of which Bertie felt he didn’t have the time for, but was about to hear anyways. Apparently Biffy was on a forgetful streak, because he’d also forgotten the hotel he’d arranged to meet his freshly decided-upon fiancee along with her last name and assumed she thought he’d called their engagement off since he didn’t show, so now he’d decided to leave Paris to speak to Sir Roderick Glossop about his interest in buying Biffy’s house the next day. Bertie was surprised with the thought of who Biffy would be doing business with and felt spurned when Biffy didn’t care to listen to his horror story of an engagement to Glossop’s daughter, to which Biffy was surprised to hear, but also still in his self-involved glumness, so left to get ready for his train home. The next day Bertie is taken by surprise again when he sees the paper of Biffy’s engagement to Honoria announced. Later, Bertie has the opportunity to congratulate Biffy and notices the glazed-over look he was once marked with and so when Biffy finally comes out with asking how Bertie got out of his to-be union, the same problems about Honoria come out. They wanted to get Jeeves “tuppence” in, but he wasn’t being receptive, so Bertie takes it upon himself and comes up with an idea overnight and presents it to Biffy the next day. The bit coming after putting me in mind of the show, which did a fair recreation. Bertie pops over to Biffy’s with a gag flower bouquet, not getting the appreciative reception Bertie believed his due, Biffy going off to freshen himself after being given the demonstration and Sir Roderick Glossop then arriving and surprised to spot Bertie waiting. He continues with a description of Glossop, his eyebrows and eyes in particular, since he compared them to a contraption in The War of the Worlds, and I happened to be reading at the same time, ha-ha; serendipitous. Bertie covers for Bingo, saying he was fixing the table because he had “spazzed” out, to help him get on Glossop’s distasteful side; it seemed to be working since upon Bingo’s entrance he looked wild for not remembering to brush his hair. They all sit down to lunch and Sir Roderick begins his cultural lecture by the second course, which he quite preferred to the first. When he continues the conversation about Wembley, Bertie announces a most amusing, but not necessarily appropriate joke (which they use in the show in a different episode with Bertie’s Aunt Agatha). Glossop has a “mission” of his own on behalf of Honoria to get Biffy to go to the Wembley exhibit and he in turn gets Bertie to tag along, despite Glossop’s huffing to the negative and when Bertie goes home to change and apprise Jeeves of his plans and to get the car, Jeeves himself asks to attend and so they all perceive themselves on the ride to Wembley and Bertie describes to Jeeves of Biffy’s complicated circumstances. When they get inside, Jeeves goes off on his own and Sir Roderick takes over their tour, boring them to nitwits. They eventually lose Glossop and get funny named drinks which Bertie wholeheartedly wanted to name his male progeny after and the process of their conversation leads to an un-concluded direction by Jeeves to Biffy which he had forgotten, but remembered again when they passed a tacky walk-through amusement and so takes Jeeves advice to go in, soon Biffy is beside himself with recognition of Mabel. He continues to commit a B&E to talk with her and brings much attention to them as well as the law, but Biffy does get Mabel’s digits before being hauled off and Sir Roderick detects them in time to see Biffy’s removal and to confirm from Bertie he had another “attack” which supported Sir Roderick’s decision to keep the engagement from proceeding. When Bertie notices Jeeves waiting in his car to go, they each conclude the missing knowledge of either side of the story and an interesting fact regarding Mabel is given; I liked this one greatly, delightfully amusing.
  • Without the Option begins with Bertie having to pay a fine given by a court justice, what with being on trial. Bertie gladly arranges with Jeeves to do so, but Sippy doesn’t make it out so lucky. We then get the back-story for how they arrived there. Bertie begins to recall the night in question, Boat-Race Night, between the University of Oxford and Cambridge. He meets Sippy there, who seemed sad about something, to which Bertie distinguished is caused by Sippy’s Aunt having him spend a few weeks with some “scaly friends” of hers. Bertie pops with the idea for Sippy of getting himself a police helmet to make himself feel better (Bertie being quite on the toast-ily drunk side). Sippy, with light coaxing, is convinced of the reasonable qualities of this idea and proceeds to try and execute the suggestion. So we then go back to after their trial and see Bertie going about seeing Sippy for any “last” requests, feeling responsible for his jailbird-ery. Bertie discovers Sippy is supposed to be visiting with his Aunt’s chip-named friends starting the same day and how he can help Sippy out. He of course gets counsel from Jeeves on the matter. Due to a headache, Bertie tries to get the story out and Jeeves’ inability or wont to follow Bertie’s instruction makes it more amusing to get through. After, Bertie’s able to get the story of Sippy’s reason for needing to stay with his Aunt’s friends and lets Jeeves think on it whilst he passes out for a few hours. Upon awaking and calling for Jeeves he is told of his only plan, which is for Bertie to go in his place, to which Bertie didn’t take easily, until being told of his Aunt knowing of the trial and wanting to speak with him; being the fire needed to get him moving, Bertie requests being led to the taxi already awaiting him, what with everything else already taken care of by Jeeves. Upon arriving at the chip-similar-named family’s house, I realize this is one of the stories covered in the show as well. Bertie meets Mr. and Mrs. starting with a ‘P’ chip-name, and his mother and Aunt, covered in shawls. Bertie is beginning to believe Sippy’s description of them being “premiere warts”. Bertie is suffered through introduction’s and memories of how Sippy was a bit of a cat-teaser in his youth and how his looks have declined since; ha-ha. It doesn’t get better when the cat in question appears and Bertie tries to pet it, but then the professor’s daughter walks in and Bertie gets the deja-vu of her reminding him of Honoria, but she’s called Heloise. Once Bertie is alone later in the evening, he’s able to recount his terrible visit thus far with Jeeves, and why he had such a terrible bit of double-take with Heloise. After almost all of the first week, Bertie begins noticing staying away from Heloise may be easier said, since she had a way of appearing from the ether to impede Bertie’s path, consistently, to his nervousness. This is the first story Bertie refers to himself in the third person. Bertie tries to get a moment to himself and in his effort, brings attention to himself, soon having Heloise impose herself to his comfort zone. Soon though Bertie is getting psychologically reversed when Heloise mentions how “he” Sippy, used to want to try and kiss her, at the age of ten, to which Bertie was hard-pressed to believe, but feeling the urge none-the-less. He’s saved by one of the “Exhibits” as he likes to refer to the older in the P. family. Later, before dinner, Bertie gets some troubling news which Roderick Glossop was joining them for the victuals, arriving not long after this news. From there Bertie was well sunk and retired to his room, where Jeeves suggests he should go to Sippy’s Aunt and reveal all before Professor P. gets a chance. He decides it’s better than his current surroundings and makes off the next morning. When Bertie gives Sippy’s Aunt the “troubling” news, she reacts with a pleased disposition, which Jeeves explains to Bertie when he returns. Bertie is so pleased with his information, he tips Jeeves a few more fivers for luck and sings a bit. This one was quite amusing. One of the better of the bunch, but I’m starting to realize these stories all work so well together as a series of events.
  • Fixing it for Freddie has Bertie requesting a word with Jeeves as he’s packing for Bertie’s outing at the beach and how Bertie is planning to have Freddie accompany him due to being recently unhitched from his engagement and needing some distraction, to which Jeeves agreed was possible and Bertie allowing if Jeeves were able to figure out a way to get them back together in time, it would work out positively either way. Freddie seemed to be suited to the environment, but seemed a chore to deal with for Bertie during the day. Freddie soon informed Bertie of running into his now ex and wishing he’d decided to not come and Bertie tries to come up with a plan to impress her to which Freddie shoots down due to his lack of “sportsmanship”. The next scene helps me remember the story being covered by the TV series, Bertie walks along the beach to think of a new plan and sees the young lady playing with a fat child, thinking he must be her cousin, since she called the woman seated nearby, “Aunt”. Bertie soon arrives with the plan of swiping the boy, who’s now entertaining himself alone and will get Freddie to return him later on to impress his ex to being kindly to him again. When Bertie goes through with his plan and notifies Freddie the ploy, at first he’s happy to do his part, but once testing it out and learning the young lad’s real relation to her, goes back to Bertie with the boy still tagging along. When he gets Bertie up-to-date of the facts and wipes his hands of any responsibility, Bertie has the task of locating the boy’s parents. After some trouble, he does track down the place he’s looking for, but has a devil of a time trying to return the child to his rightful owners, also learning the house is infected with people with mumps and they’d have Bertie take him in until his uncle arrives in or around a week, to Bertie’s frustration, more being divulged to the reasoning of why this is acceptable to the household, but one should read the story to become fully informed. And so, Bertie goes back beaten and soon has to talk Freddie into helping care for the tot instead of ditching out back to London. They get through the rest of the day and evening, but enlist the help of a nurse attending to a child next door to get the boy in to, and in the evenings out of his clothes. Jeeves gets Bertie’s attention to let him know of what he’s been up to, which Bertie discerns as annoying due to his predicament, but Jeeves soon gets to his point of why he’s told Bertie of his goings-on and Bertie soon apologizes for his hasty assumptions and gets the plan Jeeves has taken from the movie he’d seen. Bertie attaches to the idea readily enough and they make the necessary adjustments. They soon start rehearsing the boy and his failure to perform satisfactorily quickly worries Bertie, but soon the opportunity to push the plan forth presents itself and Bertie goes along with it. This all happens before Bertie had even told Freddie of the plan, differing from the show. When Freddie’s ex, hears the child’s lines and Freddie comes out, on cue and without any idea of the plan, it doesn’t take Bertie long to break and confess all. Well, the young lady takes it with an abundance of good humor and Freddie is too dumbfounded to speak. Bertie believes he’s messed the whole thing up as he sidles off to leave them alone and meets Jeeves on his way back from a walk, until after Bertie briefs him of the “disaster”, they look back to recognize it didn’t end as badly as Bertie’s judgement.
  • Clustering Round Young Bingo begins with Bertie finishing what he calls a manuscript when Jeeves comes in to inform him of Mrs. Travers on the phone calling to inquire about his progress on the article he’s writing for her. We then learn Bertie’s relation to her and how he was roped into the endeavor and how he would’ve avoided it like the plague if he’d known what would come from it. He asks Jeeves to read it over once delivering the message of its completion to Travers, which he accepts and is pleased until reading Bertie’s views on silk shirts and what capacity to wear them, a funny part indeed. Jeeves is about to elaborate on his distaste, but Bertie won’t be swayed, expecting Jeeves opposition with this issue. After dealing with it, Bertie moves on to scrutinize whether Jeeves knew of any housemaids for Bingo, and upon choosing one, would be rewarded kindly. Once being done, Bertie goes to turn in his article and is met by Mrs. Little coming out of the Milady Boudoir offices. She’s surprised by their shared reasons of being there, she agreeing to write an article for Mrs. Travers. Bertie was about to dissuade her when realizing the uselessness since she’s used to the process of writing. She invites him to dinner after Bertie reports of the good news with Jeeves knowing plenty of housemaids, he accepting readily for their talented chef. After their exchange, Bertie continues to the office and we learn he has a much more buddy-buddy relationship with this relative than, let’s say his Aunt Agatha. Upon meeting Mrs. Travers we determine she says what she means in a refreshing way and in response, Bertie describes Jeeves reactions being to the positive, besides the bit on silk shirts, but Dahlia, Mrs. Travers, doesn’t think much of Jeeves at the moment since he hasn’t found a cook for her yet, to which Bertie ascertains is hilarious since Mrs. Little is using him in much the same capacity. She also notes the addition of Mrs. Little’s contribution will hopefully help her sales of her magazine since it’s funded by her husband and he’s feeling crabby to being subjected to their cook’s ideas of meals thus far, so doesn’t see the point of spreading his ample finances around without favorable results. Bertie tries to comfort Dahlia with the thought of great dinner accommodations at the Little’s to look forward to and hopefully turning her husband’s bad mood to something sunnier. Bertie arrives last to the dinner party and is surprised to see Bingo in a similar state to Mr. Travers with only the mysterious aside from Bingo to drop by in the morning to have a “life and death matter” explained. The dinner was exquisitely menu-ed and did its job to Mr. Travers, but once returning home Bertie is told of his Uncle George wanting him to join him on an excursion to which Bertie declines for feeling wearisome. Next morning Bingo comes by in the morning and shares his story, also having Jeeves listen. Upon recognizing the trouble is to do with Bertie’s favorite relative, Dahlia he’s surprised and Bingo clarifies why she’s become a thorn for him. It’s caused by the human interest article she’s assigned to his wife, which makes him embarrassed and feeling exposed. Bertie doesn’t quite believe the magnitude of Bingo’s situation until a question is finally mustered out of him and one being the only one tolerable enough for the poor lad to repeat; Bertie gets it after. So, Jeeves is consulted and he has a plan, but it requires Bingo to relinquish his treasured cook to Dahlia so they can have it play out, to which Bingo has trouble accepting at first, but resigns himself for his dignity. (Un)Fortunately for Bingo, next morning he apprises Jeeves of the situation, which consists of his cook not wishing to leave his service for love of another of his staff, no matter the increase in salary. After no easy revision of the plan could be figured, Bingo begins buttering Bertie up for a plan of his devising to which Bertie is suspicious of from the first sense of spread. Bingo makes his plan fully understood to which Bertie immediately declines for its B&E nature, which deeply wounds and surprises Bingo. Although only after a few more insistent “Bertie”‘s did he finally let in; wonderfully funny. Once Bertie begins the caper, he goes about it with no confidence and little finesse, as he narrates. Then Bertie gets distracted by a portrait of an old grand or great-grandfather and feels even more out of place and is creeped out from the silence, but gets through it by realizing how close he is to the article he must steal, unfortunately upon his unsure footing, he trips and yelps, alerting a dog, which does the same and so Bertie retreats quickly only to see a policeman and a parlour-maid outside, with amusing results. Upon relaying his experiences of the evening to Jeeves, he believed it was time Bertie accepted his uncle’s invitation to join him on vacation, which he agrees to once realizing, due to his failed burglary, Bingo wouldn’t leave him be, so he heads to Harrogate. After being there a couple weeks, he’s surprised to be recognized by Dahlia. Upon their discussion, Bertie realizes she somehow got Mrs. Little’s cook to accept her job offer and after some more factual tidbits, high-tails it back to Jeeves to learn the rest of the story, which of course was quite cleverly in the usual Jeeves-esque nature.
  • Jeeves and the Impending Doom begins with Bertie being forlorn at having to meet his Aunt Agatha at her home for some reason and then receives a puzzling telegram from an unknown sender. Jeeves and he agree he must figure out the contents upon his arrival at his Aunt’s home which settles the matter. When he arrives, his Aunt advises of his need to meet a Mr. Filmer and to give a good, non-Bertie-like impression, to which she gives a vague reason as to why and how he must refrain from smoking and drinking as well, so Bertie leaves her company to run into Bingo, then realizing it was Bingo’s telegram he had received and he’d forgotten to send the letter which was supposed to accompany it, Bingo then elaborating on his stay at Bertie’s Aunt’s and why he was there, trying to also convey he must pretend not to know him, due to the position he was playing. After Bingo retreats, squirrel-like, Bertie goes to apprise Jeeves of the situation, to which he supports the decline of drinking with the health factors in the beneficial department from the doctors, Bertie dismissing this with an abrupt retort. In the coming day, Bertie is subjected to the most dismal of events with Filmer and is quite happy to speak with Bingo when he comes by to request for a bit of help from Jeeves. Bingo comes clean as to the rest of the reason why he accepted the employ of Bertie’s Aunt and why he needs their help to keep him there until Rosie, his wife returns home. Whilst Jeeves agreed to come up with a plan as quickly as conceivably possible, Bingo stuck to his ward like taffy to one’s teeth, until a tennis match was scheduled which immediately worried Bertie, knowing Bingo’s amount of attention to detail during which, falters. Fortunately, this wasn’t the cause of anyone’s down-fall, rain making everyone retreat, except for Mr. Filmer, who is missing and so Bertie’s Aunt sends him to retrieve him, when Jeeves informs him of his whereabouts and how Thomas, his cousin had followed the example of Captain Flint of Treasure Island. He and Jeeves go to rescue Filmer who is sitting atop a little building for unknown reasons to Bertie even after Jeeves reports to him what seems like historical facts, but we later realize is the necessary hints in order to proceed safely: Not so, for Bertram. He gets to Filmer and soon is sitting atop the building with him. After a bit of forced conversation, Bertie remembers Jeeves awaiting him and calls for his assistance. Jeeves displays an ingenious way of dealing with the problem, but whilst Filmer is impressed, he also figures out Thomas’ role in his stranding. So Bertie delivers the good news of locating Filmer and goes to bathe, getting a request to see his Aunt at his earliest convenience, wondering how he’ll keep the news of Thomas’ actions from her if Filmer blabs. Jeeves presents what he came up with in order to keep everyone’s status in rights, even helping Bertie with a proper escape plan; Another amusing story also covered by the TV series.
  • The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy starts with Bertie giving Jeeves what for about a vase he’d purchased before meeting Sippy at The Mayfair Gazette offices. Bertie was properly peeved at Jeeves opinion of the many-animal-ed vase and was still steaming over it on his walk. Bertie refrained from unloading his “ample” troubles on Sippy for the fact he seemed stressed over his editorial duties. After trying and failing to compliment Sippy’s journal, he gets to what’s bothering him, which is his love for one of the authors of his journal. They are soon interrupted with the entrance of Sippy’s old headmaster who apparently also author’s a bit in his journal, to Sippy’s perturbed dismay. He goes on to explain how he can’t seem to refuse the drivel given to him by said headmaster for feelings of his youth being dredged up and getting in the way, so Bertie brings all of Sippy’s woes to the attention of Jeeves. Bertie lets him think on it for the “nonce” and in his sleep, he himself came up with a plan which he tries vigilantly to relate to Jeeves the next morning. After hearing his plan, Jeeves knocks it way too quickly for Bertie’s liking, but explains the order may work better if reversed, getting Sippy to propose to Miss Moon before the task of denying his headmaster space in the journal. Bertie maintains his plan for not considering how Sippy could become incapacitated in catching the attention of Miss Moon, demanding Jeeves to acquire flour for his design to play out properly. He put his plan to action not long after, setting up the flour upon one of the doors to Sippy’s office. After getting it set up and leaving, he sees Waterbury, the headmaster heading for the office and Sippy not having yet arrived. Bertie attempts at chin-wagging with the lack of flour-covering of Waterbury as they wait for Sippy’s attendance. He comes in fashionably late, at least in Bertie’s opinion and in a deliriously happy mood, to Waterbury’s distaste, but Sippy was able to loosely wag his tongue in what he thought of Waterbury’s latest attempt at an article, being rid of his trifling ass once and for all. Bertie doesn’t get the whole story from Sippy himself due to being on the run to other important matters, but upon following him out, sees Jeeves and gets the missing bits about how Sippy had won the heart of his Miss Moon and Bertie gets an unpleasant comeuppance from Jeeves.
  • Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit begins with Bertie breaking the news to Jeeves they were invited to Lady Wickham’s to spend Christmas, which Bertie expected would displease Jeeves, but refused to acknowledge his mood by continuing to break his fast. After Bertie thought he’d gotten away with his changing of their plans, the phone rings and Jeeves throws Bertie under the bus, for it was his Aunt Agatha and Jeeves had put her through straight to Bertie to his discomfort and naivete, thinking Jeeves had simply forgotten their cat and mouse way of handling most encounters with his Aunt: Avoid them; in this case though, his Aunt had called to confirm and be sure Bertie acted properly since Sir Roderick would be staying as well and he’d agreed to suspend suspicion of Bertie’s sanity upon this visit. Once relaying this news to Jeeves and his obvious cold indifference to it Bertie knew the cause and let it go. Jeeves kept up his frostiness through to the 24th and whilst Bertie mingled amongst his housemates, even Sir Roderick seemed complacent enough, so Bertie decided he’d give Jeeves the proper reason for their change of venue for the holiday season, it being to get revenge upon Tuppy and to woo Roberta Wickham, Lady Wickham’s daughter, whom Jeeves thought too strong in nature for widdle Bertie and upon trying to gently relate to him thus, not quite succeeding and leaving Bertie to poo-poo Jeeves idea they wouldn’t be suitable for each other and finishing his tea. By evening victuals Bertie had a mind to show the wrongness of Jeeves opinion and proceeded to school him on how perfect Roberta was by the idea she’d shared with Bertie to help him with his revenge on Tuppy, planning to have Jeeves get the appropriate necessaries and information to put it into affect later in the evening. Bertie doesn’t get the chance to begin until after 2 a.m., what with festivities, but upon doing so and supposedly completing his mission, he doesn’t quite make his getaway before the man in the bed wakes. Bertie knew when to flee and this he did, but not before getting trapped by his dressing gown in the door, making himself easily found to the one occupying the room, he not being the intended Tuppy. When Bertie is given a chance to explain himself, we learn Jeeves had a bit of something to do with the mistaken rooming identity, which practically horrified Bertie. Sir Roderick though, decided he’d stay in Bertie’s room for the remainder of the night, due to the obvious hot-water-bottle meeting its death by needle-point. So Bertie sets himself up as comfortably as possibly in the armchair for the night, keeping his reputation as loony in Sir Roderick’s humble opinion. Upon a rough night, but making it through with some sleep by morning, Jeeves gives his account for keeping Bertie out of the loop upon questioning to his deceitful withholding. Jeeves explains what would’ve happened if Bertie had succeeded in getting on Sir Roderick’s good side and also Roberta’s two-faced, back-door dealing plans. Then Jeeves lets on to Bertie’s escape to Monte Carlo due to Tuppy looking for him and how Jeeves had “forgotten” to cancel the booking, getting what he wanted from the start. Good ole self-indulgent Jeeves.
  • Jeeves and the Song of Songs brings us to Bertie mid-bathe and Jeeves interrupting his outburst of song with news of Tuppy Glossop is awaiting to speak with him in his sitting room. Tuppy is, almost practically engaged, but the girl has an aversion to “practical jokers” so he hoped Bertie could speak in his favor to her which Bertie, rallying the Wooster spirit, begrudgingly agreed to meet with for lunch. Once they arrived, earlier than planned, Bertie could hardly stand Tuppy’s behavior for the love of his fiance. When Cora leaves for a singing class, Tuppy reveals he’s planning on singing the song Bertie was singing in the tub, which quite shocked him, due to it’s need for vocal prowess. Jeeves comes in not long after to inform of his Aunt being on her way. Bertie, putting the fact on the back-burner, was planning on continuing his conversation with Tuppy, but upon hearing the name of Mrs. Travers, bolts out, confusing Bertie and moving on to disclose to Jeeves of Tuppy’s plans for singing and wanting to be there for the possible massacre to ensue. When Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia arrives and he informs her of Tuppy’s presence there not long before, she replies of her displeasure of hearing about it since Tuppy, apparently was putting his cousin Angela’s heart to the wayside of his love for Cora. Bertie finally is able to get out what Tuppy had done to him months previously, only renewing his Aunt’s opinion of young Tuppy and how she wanted Bertie to handle the relationship in any fashion he pleased, as long as it ended. Bertie didn’t know what he could do and was suggested to bring it to Jeeves, the man’s mind being a girth of clever ploys. I then remember this also was an episode in the TV series, also quite funny. The plan given by Jeeves is to make Tuppy look a fool by Bertie singing the same song, before he goes on, but Bertie is being headstrong in not wanting to go through with this plan due to substantial crowding reasons. It didn’t last though, since despite his strong refusal, he still sends notice to Beefy Bingham’s cause. Bertie does hold a grudge against Jeeves for his idea and acceptance in going through with it, not limited to the reason which now he must learn the song fully as opposed to his enjoyment of singing what he knew in his tub. On the night Bertie is to perform, one look at the crowd is making him want to flee immediately due to their looks of not taking the entertainment lightly, believing his rendition could throw them straight over the edge. Jeeves eases Bertie’s mind with a few well said facts to the situation he’d put him in and told him of a nice little bar to take the edge off of his coming performance, which Bertie accepts. Straight after his consumption he heads back to the establishment to begin his performance which wasn’t necessarily received badly, but not as well as could be expected which Bertie found out the cause of upon his finish. Bertie then sees Tuppy making his way on stage and once he begins singing, the crowd seems too shocked to make a sound, at first anyways. Soon Tuppy is being followed offstage by vegetables. We then learn Cora wasn’t even there to see his performance and the reaction of the crowd, being stuck in traffic. Bertie can’t believe his bad luck, all the trauma for nothing and goes back to the bar whilst Jeeves stays to see the rest of the entertainment play out. When Bertie gets back home, he soon notices Tuppy in his midst to ask him to call his cousin Angela to discover if she’d like to go out with him, for his engagement to Cora was broken off, which Bertie is told from Jeeves the real reason why this happened, but Tuppy’s reason being they weren’t meant to be together. This one is as entertaining as it’s TV counterpart.
  • Episode of the Dog Mcintosh we learn Bertie is taking care of his Aunt’s dog whilst she’s away to “take the cure”. The dog seemed among those who also liked waking Bertie before he deemed dignified, which was to soon be no concern, since upon his wakefulness, Jeeves brings his tea and two letters, one being from his Aunt, who will be returning in the evening, and the other from Ms. Wickham, who wished to be received by him for lunch with her two friends, which worried Jeeves, but Bertie quelled his concern, for not having any affection for her, like he had previously. Upon his return with his sauntering the park with Mcintosh, he realizes Bobbie (Roberta) Wickham has arrived and chatting with Jeeves, who goes to mix cocktails whilst they converse. He’s briefed about one of the guests to come will be a boy, hence some of the requested snacks, which seemed odd to Bertie when mentioned. After which we get a play-by-play from Bobbie of why she must cater to the child, which has to do with her mother’s play, this being where I remember hearing of this boy in a previous story. Bertie soon catches on as well, and yelps in surprise to Jeeves’ disquiet as he walks back in. Fortunately for Bertie though, Jeeves supports his idea in not attending the luncheon, to Bertie’s delight, but still runs into the Blumenfelds on his way out, which Bertie handled in his own unique way. When he calls Jeeves before returning to his flat to be sure the coast was clear, he’s told by Jeeves of not only was it clear, he should call Bobbie, since she’d requested him to do so, which he does and learns some troubling news; Bertie’s Aunt Agatha’s dog, Mcintosh, has been gifted to the spoiled child and now Bertie has a cucumber to unpickle. As per usual, Bertie goes to Jeeves for his advice on the matter, and after ten minutes, comes up with a fairly simple plan, which he runs by Bobbie to see if she’s keen on availing herself to help. Meanwhile, Bertie is sent on an errand to obtain aniseed, which he carries out with a speed which impresses himself, and when he returns, he has good news awaiting him, which involves him getting to the hotel as soon as, and Bobbie will be there waiting for him. The plan goes accordingly, and Bertie gets the entranced beast back to his apartment safely. Bertie now believes, whilst Jeeves plan was gold on their end, it did leave Bobbie buffeting in the breeze. Before Jeeves could comment, someone whom sounded devilishly mad, rung at the door, and when Jeeves revealed who was calling, advised Bertie to make for the settee to hide, and let Mr. Blumenfeld in, who was in quite a temper, over his son’s missing dog. Jeeves comments not knowing where Bertie was when asked and agreed Wooster was a loony, a dangerous one, if pressed. After hearing this, it gets Blumenfeld ready to leave once he hears Bertie is napping behind the settee, which Jeeves then agrees to escorting him out, but not before unloading the dog upon him, which Bertie realizes after Jeeves comes back, explaining to him the situation, which at first surprises Bertie, but then gets him positively misty over Jeeves incredible intellect, bestowing and raining fivers upon him. The end of this one leaves Bertie and all feeling “velvet”, also reminding me this also was an episode in the TV series, which was also satisfying.
  • The Spot of Art starts with Bertie needing to break some bad news to his favorite Aunt, Dhalia, which he knew wouldn’t be taken well and making the scrumptious lunch they feasted on taste “nor so good”. She had invited Bertie on a cruise trip which he now had to decline, which she had guessed was due to his new love of a girl. She then takes on a disgusted air when hearing the girl’s handle: Gwladis and how Dahlia had seen her drive in her car with Bertie in tow the day before: speedily; and also how Bertie felt it not a good time in leaving for a fellow who treated her indifferently and believing it to be an intrigue for Gwladis if he were to leave at this juncture of their courtship. Then Aunt Dhalia further blasphemed him by announcing Jeeves’ ability to quash the match if he so believed they didn’t suit each other and have Bertie partake on the trip as planned, even betting him on her foresight, leaving Bertie spurned and taking a walk, then going home to notice Jeeves brooding, since he knew of Bertie’s plans on changing his schedule and he believing Jeeves had been looking forward to their nautical sabbatical. Bertie soon is told by Jeeves, Gwladis had come and gone after looking in on the painting she’d done of Bertie, but being shaken from an accident with her automobile earlier which had occurred with her crashing into a man and not planning on returning. Bertie then detects where this man was now and who he was: His spare room and the opponent for his love’s love: Lucius Pim. After visiting the convalescing Pim, making himself nicely comfy indeed, Bertie speaks to Jeeves of Pim’s plans of keeping his aggressor’s name out of his story to his sister, who is coming to see him the next day. (I remember this also being one of the TV episodes, as well.). So Bertie decides he must away to Brighton for the next day, so as to not ruin Gwladis’ view of him with the cripple near at hand making him a stick in their cog of love. Unfortunately for Bertie, Pim didn’t stick with his original plan and instead threw Bertie under the proverbial bus. Pim then advises Bertie to keep his sister in better temperament would require some roses to be sent before she decided to confessed to her husband of his terrible act upon her dearest brother and have legal action brought upon him. Bertie decides Pim’s advice is sound and goes next morning to execute the necessities before his meet and greet with Pim’s sister. After getting the bouquet and going back to his flat to await his meeting, it got later in the afternoon and he seemed comforted by the possibility of Pim’s sister being a late-riser, which his Aunt was not, hence her terrible disposition. When a Slingsby finally does arrive, it isn’t the one he’s expecting. Mr. Slingsby had the idea of Bertie had been having some kind of affair with his wife, and Bertie doesn’t have time to quell his concerns, when he sees Mrs. Slingsby emerge from the place he’d been slowly trying to escape to, which Mr. Slingsby has spotted from his approach and is about ready to lunge at Bertie, when he trips up on the gulf ball Bertie had been practicing with whilst waiting for the Slingsby’s arrival. Bertie makes his way out for his hat and brings Jeeves up to date to what he’d heard coming from the living room and where Bertie planned on fleeing until all Pim’s and Slingsby’s had left his flat. After staying in Paris for three weeks until they’d left, Bertie sees an advertisement with his face plastered in the middle, which horrified him. He learns from Jeeves what he would have been in for had they not come to an agreement involving the painting and he losing his love to Pim once and for all. Jeeves notifies him of how his Aunt Agatha has been calling quite a bit the past few days and Paris would not be a suitable escape this time around for the advertisements soon to be going up in the city as well, but his Aunt Dhalia’s cruise was still available due to being postponed for the chef Anatole being under the weather and would be ready to sail Tuesday, which Jeeves had already taken the liberty in calling to let them know of their availability which Bertie was now quite keen to and in the sailor-spirit, Jeeves going for the bottle of rum for him; I liked this version quite a bit, terrifically funny.
  • Jeeves and the Kid Clementina begins with Bertie speaking of his being a part of the Drones Club golfing tournament, but not looking forward to it like usual, verbalizing to Jeeves his paranoia of his Aunt knowing of his whereabouts and how she’s expecting him to call upon one of her friends whom works in the area, Jeeves agreeing, but soon changing the subject to Bertie’s dress, he immediately taking a defensive stance to his fashionings and then deciding he should break some other news involving Bobbie Wickham, who invited him to a party. Jeeves conveys a questioning look which Bertie continues to take the reigns of the conversation conveying to him they will go and enjoy it, believing he’d won when ending the statement. After playing and being taken down earlier in Bertie’s game than he had assessed, he meets Jeeves and then Miss Wickham approaching him and being surprised to see him there, she being there for her cousin Clementina’s birthday and letting Bertie host dinner at his room for her if he so chose. Bertie, like ignoring one’s conscience, feels Jeeves eyes on him to decline, but decides a schoche of dinner couldn’t hurt anyone and accepts Bobbie’s self-invite to Bertie’s, which is when he realizes the invitation also included her cousin, this also being one of the TV series episodes, a fun one as I remember it. Then after their night out, Bobbie reveals Clementina hadn’t gotten leave to attend their little outing and needed to be sneaked back inside her school, which was one and the same where Miss Mapleton, his Aunt’s friend worked. After Bobbie then shares the plan needed to get Clementina back indoors, Bertie relents in believing it was perfectly applicable and easy enough to carry out. Bobbie jets off and Bertie proceeds to get Jeeves attention for a moment to show him his good sense. Jeeves guesses trouble of course would fall with Bobbie Wickham around and Bertie forages forth to stating to him what had occurred. Then, when Jeeves was about to give his two-pence about what they could do, Bertie determines the easiness of relaying the plan given to him by Bobbie into one he’d come up with, to which Jeeves believed on the complicated side and about to give his plan when Bertie shushes him, certain the plan would be perfect and they would follow it, to which Jeeves duly does his part. Bertie arrives at the school in question and begins to set up his end of the proceedings, during which he begins to question his own faith in the successful outcome of the plan, now wondering what Jeeves’ notion was. Whilst up the tree he began to question the sort of women who walked the Earth, when a policeman strolls up and says hello. Bertie goes on to explain how he realized it was a cop whom was addressing him by referring to another story when Bertie was coerced to obtain a letter for Bingo, written by his wife, in his opinion tarnished his reputation; Bertie jumped out a window where an officer greeted him the same way. He follows the officer’s instructions to descend the tree and tries, even though he knows it’s no use, not having an explanation, to give the officer an acceptable reason for his trespassing, instantly making himself seem suspicious and a plonker. Fortunately, Jeeves steps forward once the officer had decided to take Bertie into custody, evincing to him who Bertie was and what his own employment status was. Jeeves gave the officer what seemed a believable alibi for them both, but had to involve Miss Mapleton to do so, and didn’t quite manage to sway the officer’s pendulum of suspicion, he requesting the two join him to enquire Miss Mapleton’s confirmation of their identities. Jeeves relents silently, until speaking more than required in the officer’s opinion about how Bertie would most likely agree to accompany him as well , the officer seemingly to believe action would speak louder. Bertie came quietly, but didn’t see the bright side to their situation since he considered Clementina was most likely still waiting outside and would be caught and Bertie would be held responsible as usual, thinking a criminal sentence would possibly go over more smoothly. Upon entering the study and seeing Miss Mapleton, Bertie is physically and mentally affected by her presence so abruptly appearing before him, but Bertie apparently had nothing to fear, for Miss Mapleton, whilst maintaining her aggressive and no-nonsense demeanor, seemed to be pleased with Bertie’s presence there, also visibly surprising and upsetting the officer, confirming she knew Bertie, she, not understanding the officer’s reasoning and given the explanation by Jeeves, which she then returning her gaze to the officer, not being amused by his conduct at all, insulting the man no end, they then all hear a sizable crash, presuming the noise to be from the “intruders”, Miss Mapleton instructing the officer to go about investigating whilst she continued to inform Bertie how she’d been about to send a letter to his Aunt and how she now could add his heroics to it, hoping he’d have been able to stay and give her students a lecture, Bertie having the opportunity to decline what with needing to make a train. Once they make their way out, Bertie asks to be briefed on what Jeeves had done, which had been his back-up plan he had tried to share with Bertie earlier, which worked splendidly, but also had Bertie seething in hope of little Clementina being smited in some way for his trouble. Bertie then, once realizing all the hell Bobbie had been able to sling his way in a quiet little spot as Bingley-on-Sea, decided he would be declining her invite, also letting Jeeves donate his golf knickers, even though he cherished them so.
  • The Love that Purifies starts with Bertie complaining of Jeeves taking a well-deserved holiday during some weeks in August to unwind at a seaside resort whilst Bertie struggles along alone. Jeeves believed Bertie had agreed to go to Sippy’s as per invitation, which was Bertie’s intention, but ferreted out Sippy’s devious ulterior motive for getting Bertie to spend some time with him; being to be the diversion for Sippy’s fiancee’s family whilst they spirited away to the woods or some-such, as Bertie explained. Perfectly in time, a telegram arrives for Bertie from his Aunt Dahlia, inviting him for a stay at hers, Bertie all of a sudden realizing the great aligning of events and the perfect “home away from home”. Bertie’s final request to Jeeves is for him to throw him a bag of his belongings together and also to send a return wire accepting her invitation. When Bertie arrives at the location agreed upon, he walks around the back and is first greeted by an old friend of the family, name of Anstruther, who directs Bertie where he can locate his Aunt. When he greets her in his usual way and vice versa, she goes on to list whom else is visiting, one being his cousin Thomas, Aunt Agatha’s son and a hellion, but he’d been behaving like an angel since Anstruther had bribed the two, another cousin by the name of Bonzo, 5 pounds to be quiet and good as long as he stayed; Bertie, believing this to be a good idea is told by Dahlia how it’s the opposite. She describes Jack Snettisham has tried to bait Dahlia’s son into being the one to break the good behavior by scaring Mr. Anstruther in a particular way, but wasn’t swayed due to being in love. Then we learn Dahlia has take part in a gravely serious bet in who will win this Good Conduct game, betting her chef for Jane Snettisham’s kitchen-maid. Bertie is affronted by his Aunt’s lack of faith she had for his scheming capabilities without the steady clever mind of Jeeves about, so he decides upon an hour to confide what he’s come up with, being by in the evening at dinner. Bertie has started to also realize how Dahlia, whilst liking Bertie’s company, seemed to underestimate his value and degree of cleverness, so he endeavored to prove her approximation incorrect. He comes up with what he believes to be a pretty solid plan, offering himself up as bait. He goes to speak with Anstruther to be sure he would be covered if setting forth on his hook for Thomas to bite and is satisfied by the terms Anstruther’s has settled upon. Bertie then goes to uncover young Thos and when he does run into him in the summer-house reading, Bertie gets straight into it, soon mystified by how far Thomas’ new persona has gone. After a couple days, Anstruther approaches Bertie with the news of Thomas has done a good deed and left to fetch Bertie a paper he’d supposedly asked for, by foot, which would have meant his walking a few miles to get, rewarding the boy. Bertie immediately confers with his Aunt on the matter, worried for her winning, deciding then Jeeves would have to be called after all. When he arrives after his few days of vacay, he immediately has a plan ready for Bertie after he believed Jeeves would require a rest up before coming up with something. Jeeves proceeds to lay it on the table and Bertie is again flummoxed and whilst unsure the plan will work, proceeds to share with his Aunt what is required, which was to send for Sippy’s relation, Sebastian Moon to stir the pot up a bit. A few days after, the boy arrives and Thomas is introduced to him, seeming to take his appearance as a threat, but hiding it guardedly, as Bertie witnessed. After conferring once again with Jeeves, his faith in which is restored by the scene saw earlier, he informs Jeeves of his restoration in Jeeves’ schemes, planning on getting the two boys some time alone with each other to let the fireworks go off, as it were. Unfortunately, young Thos did not snap at this bait they’d given him, giving little Sebastian a piggy-back ride home when he’d gotten a nail in his shoe. Jeeves then mentions to Bertie why Thomas has been set with all these good tasks of favor, he also being in love. Bertie now realizes the trouble they’re in and is resigned to their fate of no more Anatole, opting to have his bath and getting ready for dinner. They dine with the comfort and wistfulness in knowledge of Anatole may not be cooking their dinners, forevermore, when a change in the stakes of events occurs on the last day of Anstruther’s stay. Bertie enters the room, Mr. Anstruther’s in a chair drowsing, when Jeeves comes in and Bertie confesses how he’s lost faith in the youth of “today”, when he hears a squeal in the distance and little Sebastian is seen running from Thomas, who is carrying a bucket. Mr. Anstruther is woken by the sound and little Sebastian hides behind him, Thomas only missing one beat before upending the bucket right on Anstruther. We then learn the cause for such a reaction by Thomas from Jeeves, who’d set up quite an easy jab at Thomas’ love interest. Bertie is again floored by Jeeves’ intelligence and gives him the option of staying on his vacay an extra fortnight, complimenting his skills, before the story ends. unrelentingly entertaining, as usual.
  • Jeeves and the Old School Chum begins with Bertie talking up the status of Bingo, who seems to have the world by the balls, as it were: Married, eating well, sleeping comfortably and having inherited a nice “little” property, as well, which Bertie saw for himself when visiting with him. He ended up cutting his visit short, for having to go off with his Uncle George due to a liver issue he was dealing with, promising to return and visit as soon as he could. Then Bingo gets an excited conversation from his wife, Rosie, who received a letter from her best friend from school who planned on coming to visit with them for a couple weeks, Bingo accepting the “worshiped” friend from school with indifference. Bertie leaves and marvels to Jeeves of how “coochy-coo” the couple were toward each other, Jeeves agreeing (I also left out a bit due to it’s plentiful corn), but how we soon learn, this would be the calm before the storm. Bertie makes it a quick visit with his uncle and is soon back at Bingo’s, getting ready for dinner, when Bingo comes in, sounding quite deflated, which both Bertie and Jeeves noticed. They soon perceive Bingo is not happy with Rosie’s chum making such an impression on her so as to divert her attention so. Then Bertie is brought abreast to what kind of hold this Laura Pyke has been able to suffer him though, including the food they ate, as well as including the idea of cocktails being served, which is when Bertie snaps to his buddy’s back-bone, crying for justice to be given, but unfortunately Bingo didn’t see the possibility playing out. After an up close and personal view of the belittling Bingo’s been suffering, truly concerned for his buddy now, he relates this to Jeeves and Bertie soon comes to the realization of how he believes women start and soon proceed thereafter to see their men. Bertie then brings his theory around to what’s happening with Bingo’s wife, which is a fast-track to a vision of Bingo which bodes fat, unhealthy diet and disgust, if he continues his gluttonous happiness, certain Mrs. Bingo will go searching for better game. He goes on to relate she’s much too on the side of romanticism, she probably beginning to wonder why she didn’t have a man like those she wrote of. Jeeves then translates Bertie’s worry intelligently, going right over Bertie’s ability of understanding and requesting Jeeves assistance in saving the young couple, but soon discerning Jeeves needed some time to observe the Pyke in action, for not having any plan yet, they having to wait until a picnic at a race later in the week, requesting some more revitalizing biscuits, concluding the scene. The morning of the Lakenham Races was a wonderfully satisfying one, but was brought down in Bertie’s mind by the thought of what lunch would bring: one of dissatisfaction. Bertie requests back-up food in case of this, when Bingo walks up looking quite chipper, Bertie soon discovering this is due to his direction of what would be had in the luncheon basket, a list which most would be satisfied with. Bingo goes on to share a horror story of where they were going due to no pubs or the like in the desolate terrain they’d be spending their day, which doesn’t forecast well for ones taste-buds. Bertie soon had the opportunity to give Jeeves the viewing he needed for how their car-pooling had been devised, he and Jeeves having the Pyke in their midst. Upon arriving, they meet up and Bingo is adamant upon eating before the race, but is soon let down tremendously with the knowledge of neither car had packed the basket of lovely food and refreshment, which didn’t bother Rosie in the least, surprising and letting Bertie down as to how far into the Pyke’s views she’d plummeted. Bingo makes known his need to sulk on his own a bit, for the Pyke completely supported their lack of recourse, Bertie going off with Jeeves where he ascertains he’s got ample supply of sammies for three, then confesses his part in the basket being left behind, Jeeves believing the lack of meal for Miss Little will set her apart from Pyke’s opinion and keep Bingo an upright figure for not dining like a lion amongst antelope. Bertie thinks Jeeves assumption to the former unlikely, deciding females didn’t care about missing lunch, but tea being the hell-maker. Once almost complete with the day, Rosie realizes she’d like to take an early tea if Bertie was ready to head back a race early, he not minding in the least, for his sails going limp with insoucient. Bertie drives Bingo’s car back and Jeeves would accompany Bingo in Bertie’s vehicle after the final race. Trying to make haste back to home-base, Bertie floors the vehicle past its limit, the car breaking down with the two ladies stranded with him in the middle of nowhere. The Pyke takes first look at the car, soon determining it’s out of petrol, getting down on Bingo again which perks Rosie out of her cult-like following of her friend for a moment, defending his character. Bertie soon tries to calm the two, but upon making his presence known, is told to call upon the house not far off to borrow a tin of petrol, Bertie obliging the request. Once making his way to the door after a few tootings of the horn, he is not welcomed with as friendly a welcome as he’d expected, the man threatening him, then refusing his quest in borrowing petrol. When getting back to the car, he’s greeted with disdain by the ladies, then sees a car approaching, heading for it and soon being in the presence of Bingo who walks back with him, getting the 411 to the current status of friction between the women, Bertie confirming his suppositions. They then both get a safari-like view of where the two women had gotten in their row, soon completing with the Pyke unwilling to stay any longer and once getting her luggage, agreeable to any means of getting herself back to London available to her. Rosie’s response to this being a story of some gossip she’d heard from a girl of what the Pyke had said about Rosie behind her back. The Pyke’s response in kind, is to low-ball a novel’s end which Rosie had recently written, which is when the boys think it apt to stop any violence from occurring. When the Pyke notices Bingo’s return, she opts to go with Jeeves to get back and pack whilst Bingo stayed with hubby and Bertie to fix the car, even getting the surly man at the house to allow Miss Little in for tea, allowing for another moment of adoration for Bingo to be had. When they get the petrol in the car, he lets Bertie in on the rest of Jeeves plan and how he now has been officially converted to a Jeeves-like belief, one which shalt never waver thereafter with doubt, to which Bertie agrees fully. Quite entertaining, indeed.
  • Indian Summer of an Uncle starts with the idea of Bertie being one whom would be tough to cozen, calling upon those at the Drones being able to confirm this statement. Bertie saw his Uncle George and was immediately struck by the situation he found him in: which his uncle seeming to be planning on getting married. After his uncle leaves, Bertie calls Jeeves in and uncovers who the young woman his uncle is so set on marrying. Then Bertie considers his Aunt Agatha’s state upon learning what his Uncle George planned on doing, it not being one of festivities. After deciding to flee the city in anticipation of his Aunt’s becoming involved and with him soon to follow, he asks Jeeves to begin packing, soon hearing the door and believing it to be his uncle again, but instead, his Aunt, obviously knowing of the news. When speaking with Bertie for a short while and learning the girl’s profession, Bertie suggests they asks Jeeves what to do when he supplies she’ll most likely be wanting this union unjoined. His Aunt is surprised he would ever bring his footman into intimate family matters and considers they’ll most likely have to pay this one off like the one previous, from years before. Bertie believes if they let “nature take its course”, on the matter, the young lady will soon sicken of seeing his uncle’s face, naturally. His Aunt proposes he stop his yammering and immediately offers him to the wolves, so to speak, to make negotiations to the girl for how much it will take her to leave his Uncle George unhitched. His Aunt decides he will leave immediately for her town and will await his report where she sits, he protesting shortly, and soon is on his way. Bertie then describes, for those of us who haven’t been put in a situation like this before, how lacking in fun it was, the feeling more prominent the closer he got to his destination, soon being led into a parlour housing a piano, reminding him of a dentist’s office. Bertie averts his gaze from the taxidermy-ed birds which also adorned the room until what appeared to be the Aunt of the girl entered the room. After a misunderstanding between them about whom Bertie was and wasn’t, him being a doctor, they began talking of the proposal between her niece and his uncle, the former being ill and unable to take visitors, so Bertie makes his way out after an unsuccessful meeting and realizes what he’ll have to deal with once returning to his flat. Bertie of course, wished to flee the situation, but faced the devil, as it were head on, going back, his Aunt, upon hearing the news of not getting an answer to their bribe and about to flip her lid, is then interrupted by Jeeves who suggests Bertie make a call upon the girl’s Aunt so his uncle can see what the score is and what he’d be in for once marrying the girl, Bertie agreeing robustly and his Aunt relieving Jeeves from the room. As she goes on to berate Bertie’s ability to keeping family business out of the hands of “the help”, she reiterates her idea of him going back to see the girl tomorrow and leaves, which Bertie then turns around and sets up Jeeves plan as he’d decided, believing it will be in the good of his Aunt’s plan in the long run. The next morning Bertie is not looking forward to the assemblage he was about to be in the middle of, but Jeeves helped in with his nerves also making him aware of the good he’d be doing for another man who had taken an interest in the young lady, then the bell rang and Bertie prepared to begin his role as host. I realize not long after this point this was also one of the TV series episodes, and when the Aunt comes in, she makes it known how she’d met Jeeves before when he’d come for tea and how, when seeing Bertie was having a drink, told him of her days as a barmaid way back when, which reminded Bertie of his uncle’s first love, which made him run for Jeeves, ready to call off the meeting they’d set up, but alas, twas too late, for his uncle was then calling at the door. When they see each other, it is done and Bertie is no longer noticed, he deciding to bow out to the Drones, getting a phone call from his Aunt, who sounded pleased and requesting him to rip the blank cheque up, not needing it since the engagement was off and another on. Bertie returns to his flat and talks out the finer details of the plan Jeeves had, not readily agreeing with him, but at least seeing eye-to-eye on his quick and immediate exit, so as to avoid his Aunt; another pleasing story.
  • The Ordeal of Young Tuppy begins with Jeeves being interrupted with packing by Bertie and he giving his o-k to continue in a much elated mood. Apparently it’s as early as November when the drawings for whom gets presents from another is chosen and Bertie had already found out the man he would be shopping for, a Sir Reginald Witherspoon, whom Bertie would be visiting and he was quite pleased to discover Tuppy would be there, as well. Bertie hadn’t pure feelings toward the fellow still, for being a bit under the vengeful state of mind due to Tuppy’s bad form whilst betting Bertie to go across some rings at a swimming pool and rigging it for his failure. In the midst of his being sure Jeeves packed the particulars necessary to implement tom-foolery upon Glossop, he receives a telegram from said stooge, requesting a few odd items, possibly within Bertie’s grasp, he being a bit mystified of the contents involved and upon Jeeves plain restating and inability to de-mystify, is thus interrupted by his Aunt Dahlia’s arrival, ready to discuss a matter which seemed urgent, soon identifying it to be about Tuppy and her receiving a letter from Katherine, keeping the news from her daughter, Angela about any of it. Apparently Dahlia had learnt Tuppy had seemingly been wooing a “dog-girl”. She lays plain her concern, Bertie cracking a joke which wasn’t taken well and tries the tact of calming her irritability. His Aunt is unconvinced though, coming out with further information of Tuppy and Angela having a bit of a quarrel before his leave because of it, Dahlia believing Tuppy to be on the rebound, requesting Jeeves to get on the case. Bertie doesn’t feel fully appreciated in his prowess to helping the family situation and tries to inject his own idea for diffusing the trouble, his Aunt being of the mind  if he doesn’t use Jeeves, as commanded, she will unleash sanatorium-hell upon him. He begrudgingly consents and discloses the new plan to Jeeves. Once on their way and almost at arrival, Bertie spots Tuppy in the game of turning this girl’s eye. Bertie makes himself known in a none too subtle way, getting a brief greeting and adieu quite quickly from Tuppy, they meeting up again later at the estate, Bertie getting the story as to why Tuppy requested the ostensibly odd items once arriving. The boots were for a game later and the spaniel for the girl, whom was helping to entertain Tuppy, along with a colonel. When Jeeves enters and confirms the boots were placed in Tuppy’s quarters, he exits with the suggestion Jeeves should bet on the team he was playing for, Jeeves then letting Bertie in on how Tuppy was unaware how serious a game he’d joined. Bertie, for all his rough exterior to the lad, didn’t want to see him ambulance-bound, so he goes off to express to Tuppy the true nature of the thing, his reaction, not the one he expected, which was, Tuppy was right gladly ready to jump in among the heathens, for the sport and more so, for the eyes of his new little lady. Tuppy continues his explanation of his newly found love and wants to make the biggest impression possible, Bertie not being able to convince him to cancel his accepting the invite and being interrupted further by the bell for dinner. Bertie does some research on the physical build of Tuppy’s opposition, the viewing taking a turn which wasn’t in Tuppy’s favor. He high-tails it back to Jeeves to advise him in how he should forge a letter in Tuppy’s name to Angela entailing his apologies for his brash words. Bertie gives his all to the thing and Jeeves gives some finesse to it with Bertie declaring the proper hour in which to send it so Tuppy will receive it with some insight to the game he’d be playing, already having a few minutes to take it all in; and what a time he has when he gets his chance to do so. Bertie watches the display from the side-lines, noticing Tuppy’s choice of outfit made him easy on the eyes and attracted enough attention, especially from one fellow so as to keep him firmly on the ground. When Bertie perceives the moment to interrupt Tuppy with the news of a telegram, Tuppy isn’t keen to look at anything then, which worked out since Bertie had left it in his other coat and Tuppy was contemplating revenge upon his large, red-haired abuser, Bertie giving him an idea on how to start his wrath upon him. After the second round begins, Tuppy makes good his words, giving the red-haired fellow some of his own medicine, to Bertie’s surprise and satisfaction. When he was on his way back, though, he realized he needed to do some thinking, going back to his room and Jeeves bringing in his requested drink, he asking after how the game had gone. Bertie thought it wouldn’t go well for Tuppy, since it had gone so well for him at the game, but Tuppy came in soon after to relate his disappointment in the lady of his newly attracted affections which hadn’t even attended for having heard of a dog she’d wanted and gave Bertie the chance to go through with the telegram idea, Tuppy being taken in by it and Bertie lending his car to him so he could go see Angela, Jeeves, of course having his part in the circumstance of events as well, Bertie deciding he should have the drink meant for Tuppy, who was already out and on his way; satisfying story, indeed.
  • Bertie Changes his Mind starts with Jeeves narrating about how people usually come to him for advice and reminding him of a particular story of Bertie, who had been dealing with illness and had spouted some nonsense whilst Jeeves brought his usual drink. He was complaining of the monotony of getting said drink in the same place, at the same time, every day. Bertie soon gets to his main reason for his rant, which concluded with his loneliness and wanting a daughter to fill the void, adoption-style; this also being a part of the TV series. Jeeves, once on their way to Brighton, sees a young lady motioning for him to stop and upon doing so, Bertie and he realize the young, probably twelve-year-old girl has sneaked out of her school to fool around with some slot machines in Brighton, getting a nail in her shoe on the way back and hoping for a ride a bit of the way there, describing her situation to which Bertie then inquires of Jeeves as to what they can do to help her. He comes up with the plan of Bertie being a friend of the girl’s father and giving her a ride, making it his fault she’s late coming back. Everything goes according to plan and Jeeves requests to make acquaintance with the girl, Peggy’s school-mistress, a Miss Tomlinson. Jeeves proceeds to hint at Bertie’s outstanding stature in the community due to knowing Peggy’s father, a well-known author and continues to get the educator to insist upon Bertie giving a speech to the school of girls after convincing her easily, then deciding their vehicle would acquire some trouble which would last a couple of hours. Bertie spots Jeeves near the car, relaxing and soon realizes Bertie is starting to understand the error of his idea of parentage of a girl, but isn’t quite turned yet, the both of them going off for tea. When Bertie comes to locate Jeeves after their repast, he’s excited to scurry off post-haste, which Jeeves then breaks to him they can’t for the car being “out-of-order”, which shows the plummeting of Bertie’s escape plan into ashes, thus leaving him with the idea of legging it when Miss Tomlinson is spotted right behind Bertie to escort him to his imminent speechly duties. It plays out quite similarly to the show, with the difference in how the song of greeting is given by the girls to Bertie, who has a much more surprised reaction then Hugh Laurie’s version. It, of course ends with Jeeves plan working wonderfully and Bertie no longer desiring to be a parental to a girl, ever. This was way more entertaining then the show, even though the latter was quite good as well, this still tops it.
  • Jeeves Makes an Omelette starts with Bertie speaking of backing any council which would keep aunts in check. After making this clear, Jeeves comes in with a call from his Aunt Dahlia, who’s staying at the home of an author by the name of Cornelia Fothergill who she’s been trying to sway into taking a spot in her magazine for women and wanted Bertie to come down and help her push her over into agreeing. Bertie, of course must go and whilst on the ride with Jeeves, ponders with apprehension as to what else his Aunt wanted him to do for her, omitting those facts from him over the phone and Jeeves only being able to clarify for him the obvious and his inability to decipher anything further. Once Bertie arrives, the people he’ll be hob-nobbing with do not put him in an upbeat mood, the woman he must help decide in favor of his Aunt, looking like his other Aunt, Agatha. After they have tea, Bertie is stopped by his Aunt to speak of part of the other reason why she’s invited him there, stating Everard Fothergold is frazzled by a painting he has no choice but to hang in a room and how trapped he feels for it, due to the thing being a present from his father. This is when his Aunt Dahlia gets to the quick of her plan for Bertie, which was to nab the picture for her; I distinguish this was also amongst those in the TV series. He is then released to dress for dinner, thus relating his distressing news to Jeeves whom adds his own clever ideas to lend support to the robbery after which Bertie continues dressing for dinner. When the time for the swiping is to be done, Jeeves does his part and Bertie successfully executes his. Whilst he’s back in his room disposing of the evidence, Jeeves goes for some pick-’em-up drinks when his Aunt scares the giblets out of Bertie, but came to help him in the task of burning the painting, Jeeves coming back after and also helping, but then notices a little something worrisome. Bertie goes back down to the dining room to confirm his blunder, running into Edward, Everard’s father doing a similar act, bumping and wrestling him out of the room, but once realizing who it was, explains why he was there and Bertie agreeing to keep quiet of Edward’s movements. His Aunt and Jeeves come in after Edward retires and Bertie updates them with what astonishing goings-on had occurred. His Aunt Dahlia though, brings Bertie’s head back from out of the clouds to consider their actions of destroying Everard’s painting, as well, wouldn’t make Cornelia, Everard’s wife too keen on agreeing to write for her magazine, to which Bertie then agrees is so, after some thought. Before his Aunt can give him a verbal-assault, Jeeves politely interjects by coming up with a back-up plan which mayshow Bertie’s heroic endeavors, regardless of whether they were successful and leaving the wife grateful to his efforts. Bertie declines, regardless of her threats of getting no more meals from Anatole for Bertie to which he accepts and is on his way to his room when he is conked on the head and after regaining consciousness, hears his Aunt’s expansive voice, he in his bed. His Aunt Dahlia updates him to the good news, to which Bertie is indifferent and informs Jeeves to lay off of “breaking eggs”, Jeeves allowing he’ll bare this in mind; still enjoyable and both TV and fiction tied for entertainment value.
  • Jeeves and the Greasy Bird has us see Bertie enter his abode, Jeeves hanging celebratory items in preparation for Christmas. Bertie had returned from the Chuffnel Regis clinic where Sir Roderick Glossop did his work, visiting his Aunt Dahlia’s cousin, Percy, who’d begun to have some paranoid delusions. Bertie also had better encounters with Mr. Glossop lately, as well; due possibly to their pasts intertwining. Bertie goes on to mention how his visiting seemed to reveal Sir Roderick in a bit of a funk, Bertie believing it was caused by one of his patients, an angry young writer called Blair Eggleston, but the main matter of Roderick’s woe actually was due to his engagement being in stagnation which Honoria was the cause of, not having been hitched herself yet, the wife-to-be not wishing to share a home with the strong-headed girl. Whilst Bertie’s “heart bleeds” for Sir Roddie’s misfortune, Jeeves surprises the news of Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia coming over for dinner, he not realizing it’s to unload something “explosive” on him. The start of the dinner goes well enough, but his Aunt doesn’t take long to sidle about to her point of topic, also being of Sir Roderick and the reason for his funkiness, which Bertie alludes to by what it seemed and not what he’d learned from Jeeves. His Aunt Dahlia fills in some blanks which were worth something to Bertie in his helping Sir Roddy right after his Aunt springs her terrible request of offering himself to the Christmas spirit by being Santa Claus at her party, which he outrightly refuses after saying he’d do anything for his beloved Aunt; this in particular being quite funny. After his Aunt Dahlia leaves in a bit of a huff, Bertie executes a plan he’s hatched, with Jeeves supposedly unknowing, requesting him to get some flowers for his Aunt so he can turn her around and get her participation in his plan to help Sir Roderick. His plan doesn’t work, but he does get her listening ear after she wishes his imminent massive recuperative pain, at the least. When she does agree to put in her part of Bertie’s plan, being properly surprised he was responsible for this one, Bertie begins his wining and dining of Honoria, taking it like a man. Later in his dealings in this way, he found the moment to take the plunge and get close to Honoria with her secret love watching, but his plan, once his Aunt Dahlia gets a phone call from Honoria, backfired and now he must ask of Jeeves, once again what he must do to remedy his prickly situation. Bertie goes about getting Jeeves advice in a roundabout and nameless-of-the-main-players way, but does get a plan which it unfortunately still had a snag to deal with. Bertie gets a helping hand from a buddy at the Drones, though and goes off to squirrel out an actress to play his fiancee. He lands a lady and goes to the Drones for lunch to await her arrival, for Honoria would be visiting him in the late afternoon. Soon after making the arrangements he learns from one of the Drones Club members what kind of a “greasy bird” he got into business with, not giving much hope for what Bertie could expect. The acting agent and niece arrive on time, anyway and Bertie is entranced by the girl at first. After setting the scene for Honoria’s inevitable entrance, they get the knock, but it’s Honoria’s secret love whom walks in, “googly-eyed” with Bertie mirroring his look and when agent and niece leave the room, Bertie’s asked the obvious question of whom was with Bertie playing along with the fiancee spiel; this story is also in the TV series, a pretty good one, as well. In any case, Blair Eggleston was there to announce his engagement to Honoria being back on and how she’d be relieved to know Bertie had found another, leaving Bertie to stew in those juices. When he goes to his Aunt Dahlia’s to keep her abreast of the news, she was quite pleased, but then Bertie gets a call from the acting agent who gives Bertie the sobering tidings of he actually going through with the wedding or he’d be paying an ample fee and upon not delivering would get a visit from a heavy. His Aunt conveys empathy, in her usual way and Jeeves is called to help figure a plan, after which Bertie is asked to move along whilst they came up with something suitable for him. They put their plan into action the next morning when the acting agent shows up and Jeeves plus Bertie’s Aunt convince him of Bertie’s straights of finance, he leaving quite peeved and after, offering himself, like the “virgin blood” to be Santa Claus, which Jeeves saves him from, thus leaving Bertie to give Jeeves what he’d wanted from the beginning, Florida in their futures; the last and still an easy read, entertaining, which hasn’t been an issue, as good as the show was, and I’m looking forward to the other stories.
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