Jeeves in the Morning

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I regret not keeping the original, “Joy in the Morning”, regardless of it being a hardcover, but alas, it is done. So I begin this movie-scenic story with the easing lightness it throws, with gladness. Bertie relates how he’d only recently gotten out of a dire situation at Steeple Bumpleigh and confided to Jeeves the moments in which he had been close to losing hope. Bertie is then helped to remember the quote of “Joy cometh in the morning…”, he believing it was the most succinct way of describing the Steeple Bumpleigh Horror. He had the foresight to want to avoid Steeple Bumpleigh, but believed the place should’ve had a sign warning those unaware. The surrounding area told of as being idyllic, but what brought it down was Bertie’s Aunt Agatha, her second husband, Lord Percival Worplesdon, his daughter Florence, and another demon, his son Edwin. Those were the reasons Bertie continuously refused the invite of Boko Fittlesworth’s to get together at his home, he living nearby. Bertie also had to swat Jeeves’ suggestion to rent a cottage there for reasons above, Jeeves in for the fishing, but letting Bertie believe he’d let it go.

Bertie therefore, was completely taken off-guard when Steeple Bumpleigh entered his life forcefully, the day beginning quite comfortably. Jeeves informs him of a Miss Hopwood insistent on seeing him, but having been turned away since he’d still been sleeping. Bertie liked Jeeves’ looking out, but also wished to have seen her, Zenobia (Nobby) Hopwood being a good friend and also happens to be Worplesdon’s ward, he taking responsibility for her when a buddy of his left the country. Bertie then learns how long she’d be in the city, her visits infrequent lately, and having come up to see Aunt Agatha, whom was in town for Thomas, her son from her first hubby, the boy having the mumps and still at school.

Bertie regards this with the passing entertainment of Agatha getting infected, then learning Nobby had come by, since they hadn’t seen each other for awhile, Bertie agreeing with the sentiment, but once hearing she’d been hoping he would come see her at Steeple Bumpleigh, he again refusing the idea. Jeeves then mentions of Nobby having dropped by with a fellow called Stilton, whom claimed to know Bertie, he deducing the young man with a pumpkin-shaped head must be a friend from long ago called, G. D’Arcy Cheesewright, his nickname being Stilton. Bertie thinks it strange he was acquainted with Nobby, learning how he also resided at Steeple Bumpleigh, Jeeves then answering a call from Worplesdon, Bertie’s reaction being looked back on with astonishment, since not having felt the bad juju of the call.

Jeeves then relates of Worplesdon having requested to speak with him and more detail given upon his arrival, Bertie sensing the man needed his expertise and bidding him his blessing, offering to pick him up a gift, he asking for the new edition of philosophy by Spinoza (the TV show must having covered this one as well, since I confused having read it already). Bertie makes his way out, thinking about what sort of situation Worplesdon could have needed counseling, he then reveals how Agatha had hooked this new man eighteen months previously, he feeling sorry for him before learning whom it was, due to Agatha’s rough and torturous nature. Then when he found out it was Worplesdon, he realized she had met her violent match, Bertie recalling having a run-in with the man over a cigar he had taken. Worplesdon’s personality only making Bertie wonder of the severity of the situation he could be in, then begins his correspondence of making his book order, and as the shop-keeper goes to uncover the work, Bertie is startled by Florence Cray, Worplesdon’s daughter, whom walked up behind him, he still reeling from the not-so-distant time they’d been engaged, he traumatized from the close call, hence his reaction to her, and attempting to recover with a “hullo”.

Bertie weighs Madeline Bassett and Honoria Glossop against Florence Craye for the most traumatizing, and Florence wins for her attempts at changing Bertie. He provides an example by a book she’d given him, he quoting from the text, it heavy on explanation of ethical theory. Florence then shares why she was in town and inquires whether he was stopping in the shop for brain dead reading material, but upon seeing what he’d been given by the shop-keeper, Bertie is taken aback with her reaction of light tone and blushing. He gets the picture though, when she inscribes the book for him, she now even more impressed when learning what the shop-keeper was looking for, and needing to order for him, Bertie knowing he was too deep to back out, but having terrible fear consume him. He regrets his endorsement of Spinoza and being caught with her work in his hands, realizing his mistake now building him up in Florence’s mind. Bertie saw his main way to escape was to state of a previous engagement, but he not out the door before having to agree to a hang-out sesh, finally dismissed and alighting to a bar. After giving his nerves a bit of a break, he sees outside something which caught his interest.

The area around the Bollinger bar also gave plenty of entertainment, but currently especially across the street, which Bertie was at this moment deciding whether to check in at the jeweler’s for a cigarette case, he normally going upon the whim of wanting to purchase some kind of bijouterie, or collection of jewelry or trinkets. As he looks upon the jeweler’s entrance, he sees a man attempting to cross the threshold a few times, but stopping short. Bertie then places the large figure being his old buddy Stilton, he completely in the dark as to why he’d be bouncing back and forth outside the shop. Bertie plans on inquiring into it, but whilst crossing the street, Stilton had slung himself through the door. Bertie found him poring over some product the assistant was helping him with at the case when Bertie poked his butt with his umbrella, and cordially greeted him, Stilton looking shifty, and Bertie sensing he wasn’t wanted at the mo to reminisce over their youth, Stilton setting him straight when leading him away from the counter to confess he hadn’t enjoyed the booty poke, Bertie apologizing, but couldn’t resist a good opp. knocking.

Bertie attempts to continue their pleasantries which didn’t last long before Stilton was trying to bid him farewell, Bertie surprised he thought he could stop him so simply. He confides his thoughts plainly, then reminds Stilton of his drop-in with Nobby. Bertie getting his quiz since Stilton answered the following questions as monosyllabic as possible. Bertie fails to learn what Stilton did at Steeple Bumpleigh, so decides to try the question which had brought him to his verbal harassment, the reason for Stilton’s dancing about outside, and his buying plans, he relenting and confessing he was getting an engagement ring, Bertie believing he had laughed jovially, but had stopped when Stilton took it as insult, he flashing back to their school days when Bertie had pouted his tummy out whilst being taught to row by Stilton.

As Bertie back-pedaled his insulting laugh, then his terrible explanation of said laugh, only to have to explain his attempting to agree with Stilton on his being allowed to engage a girl, Bertie finally reaches a point where he’s able to wish their happiness together, which doesn’t get met with defensiveness, but also not getting the level of gratitude he had expected. Bertie then receives details of, whilst not Nobby, whom he thought, she being engaged to Boko, but to Florence. Bertie’s reaction brought defensive questioning again, he believing he no longer needed to fear Florence going after him what with Stilton’s hand secured. Bertie tries to veer the questions away with nonchalance, the table having turned, and he not wanting Stilton to know he also had been engaged to his love. Bertie halfway explained his way out with her father having married his aunt, but Stilton’s suspicion stays noticeable as he spoke of how odd it was Florence hadn’t mentioned Bertie regardless of their acquaintanceship, Bertie “pip-pip”-ing on his way out.

Bertie has a spectrum of feelings as he walks home, one in particular to do with Stilton, he at first placated by being off the hook with Florence, but then feeling sorry and fearing for what Stilton was about to put himself through. He then describes Stilton’s character as one whom is all for his immortal betterment, but Bertie looking after the side which would decide he’d grown enough, whilst Florence would still be on the path to further growth. Bertie was on the case though, light-bulbing of writing to Nobby to gently put the chap straight since she’d known Florence since youth.

Bertie added some bullet-points of his own to build from as a back-up for her, if needed, and when satisfied, posted it. When returning to see Jeeves attending to household matters, Bertie goes right in with Cheesewright’s current difficulty and how he’d handled it, then asking Jeeves for an update on his Uncle Percy, his Uncle wanting Jeeves’ opinion, but Bertie unable to coax him into further detail until giving his word it would go no further, the information regarding a sensitive business prospect, which even Jeeves wasn’t confided in knowing, but imagined it was the same one written of in the papers, which was about a unification with an American company.

Jeeves clarifies how a meeting between Percy and the other company man would need to be planned carefully so no one jumped to conclusions before a deal was made and effect both sides of shares in stock, Bertie on his game currently and completely sensing the hardship. Also deducing Percy wanted to buy some shares before the word got out (oooOOO, bad), Jeeves responding with the Latin: “Rem acu tetigisti” – “You have touched the matter with a needle”. Bertie then works out how the two would be seeking a secluded meeting place, Jeeves having supplied the possibility of turning to someone Percy knew to lend them a country cottage to wheel and deal, Bertie sensing a problem with whomever allowed the use of said cottage would come to the same conclusion as Percy, and elbow in to the deal of stocking up on shares, as well.

Jeeves had considered this, so elected Bertie to reside in one of the cottages at Steeple Bumpleigh to be used by the meeting at some point after. Bertie relays his feeling of betrayal, Jeeves apologizing then listing the finer details of the property, he not taken in due to knowing Jeeves’ motives, whom plays none-the-wiser, but once Bertie hears the name of the place, ends the idea promptly, then whilst temporarily side-tracked, gets “back on the res” – the crux of the matter (Thank you, Madame Eulalie, the only one whom could help my quest in finding out what res meant). Jeeves then brings logic to the table as Bertie considers the repercussions he’d be in for by his Aunt Agatha if he backed out now, he then relenting begrudgingly and has Jeeves begin packing.

Then, Bertie is told of being the sort whom preferred looking for the bright side. One aspect which supported this being Agatha not being present for a little while during Bertie’s first moments at Steeple Bumpleigh. He speaks to Jeeves with high hopes of she being away through all of his stay, for Thos’ mumps. Jeeves then saving the good news of a fancy dress ball the next night, Bertie ready to dance better than Fred Astaire, as he puts it, he choosing his costume, then being informed Nobby would be carpooling with him, so Jeeves planned on traveling by train, afterward relaying Agatha had requested Bertie pick up a broach she’d bought, he miffed he’d been chosen to carry out the task, but once learning it was for Florence and he wouldn’t need to supply a gift, as well he was a bit more accepting. Bertie admits being one of a hardy character being difficult, and he didn’t want Florence getting the wrong impression (She was referred to as a beasel, which presumably is meant in the definition of being like a flapper, since she doesn’t seem to have a shaved head and pointed ears). He then states how he would need one for Nobby what with her engagement, Jeeves agreeing to hope good tidings to them, Bertie allowing how it wasn’t usual he’d agreed with the marriage match-ups between his buddies.

Bertie then has breakfast and begins his broach-getting, as well as his party costume acquirement, after which Nobby is discovered waiting for Bertie, everything being put up in the vehicle whilst the two chatted, Bertie then beginning their journey and looking forward to hearing about the finer details in regards to the build-up to the proposal. He brings up how he’d heard and how level-headed she was, he readying to pose his quiz on the subj., she content to answer, the engagement having stemmed from the two’s immediate affection for each other, Bertie a bit in the dark as to how she’d loved the sight of Boko from the first, due to his quite specific look which was cringe-worthy to even Jeeves.

Bertie then becomes more specific about how Boko must’ve gotten to this point in around two months, the matter going from whether he’d wooed her to Nobby believing it may not happen since her Uncle Percy didn’t agree to their union. He is stunned with this development since Percy’s word had clout due to his looking after her, Nobby relaying how even despite Boko’s success as a writer, Percy distrusted his ability to stick to his obligations. The idea also being of Boko’s popularity not lasting him a lifetime and Percy being left to foot their bills. Nobby then describes how Percy saw Boko as a “butterfly”, he having first been engaged to Florence, so this making the wooing impossible.

So those two facts soured Percy’s view of him, Bertie getting the reasoning, he then remembering Nobby would only need to wait for a certain time, once discovering it was only another year, thinking he’d cracked it, but she reminding him of Boko going to Hollywood in a month, she thinking he’d need a wife to keep his head on straight whilst out there, Bertie is unable to accept her line of reasoning and spouting what he believed was a line from Jeeves about trust, she not buying it because of Boko’s simple nature of being easily swayed, Bertie then coming up with a plan of talking Percy into it upon his owing him for his presence at the cottage.

Nobby is immediately warmed by his selfless gesture and starts suggesting ideas to help talk up Boko, Bertie assuring her he had it handled and as they approached, restoring her certainty he would do everything he could. After dropping her off, he goes to Boko’s for a nip, Boko responding to Bertie’s whistle outside his window by issuing forth a little piece of flying dishware. When Bertie calls out in surprise due to how close he’d almost been clipped on the head, Boko has a look out, at first looking annoyed and after recognizing whom it was, couldn’t believe it was the one and only. Bertie guessed he’d interrupted Boko at a difficult juncture in his writing due to his frumpiness, Boko then explains why he’d chucked the china being due to Edwin making a nuisance of dropping in.

Bertie shares his reasons for being there involving the party and Jeeves’ fishing. They then have some dry-throat-quelling drink as they chat of Boko’s marriage halting. Bertie confides how he’d be putting in his word with Percy, Boko warning him his lunch may have made his cause more grueling a task. Bertie then supplies how Boko’s appearance might not be helping his cause. Foregoing further reasoning for this, Boko relates how he’d messed up the lunch by overdoing the happy kindness Nobby had insisted upon. Boko then backtracks to see if Bertie remembered when Freddy Widgeon used to bring his gag toys to the Drones, Bertie reminiscing happily until realizing the implication, especially after learning which gag Boko had used, Bertie deciding to move along, and Boko bidding him farewell as he wrote an apology letter he hoped not to have to send if Bertie worked enough magic on Percy. Bertie wasn’t as keen to get into his request of Percy so much now, he only hoping his assistance with the merger-hosting would lighten Percy’s view. Bertie then hears his name being called as he drove, and upon stopping, seeing Stilton upon bicycle approaching with an unfriendly gaze. Bertie sensed Stilton would have an issue with his presence so close to his love, he seeing the problem of being unable to confess his true reasons for being there. What Bertie was truly stumped by though, was Stilton’s outfit of a policeman.

Bertie inquires after the duds whilst Stilton asks why Bertie was in town, he ignoring the question to repetitiously ask about Stilton’s cop-hood. He realizes why Stilton had kept his position secret, Bertie understanding it was due to his penchant for cheeky statements and he unable to deny this, for already having come up with a few. He instead thinks of how many mates had joined the Force since an academy had been opened, Stilton declaring his drive in becoming a part of Scotland Yard. Bertie’s response colored with doubt, considering Stilton’s interest in college being out of step with his current goal and believing he’d be the sort to make a mockery of the profession like those read about in Sherlock Holmes. Bertie anticipates Stilton returning to his own line of topic, he giving Stilton the easy answer of taking some time from the city and allowing Jeeves to fish. Stilton gets straight into how he wasn’t buying the story since learning from Florence of their engagement, Bertie going on to declare how over they were. Unfortunately, Stilton wasn’t going for it, also having seen the inscription of the book Bertie left in the shop, he maintaining Bertie return to the city, even after hearing Bertie’s explanation of helping Boko and Nobby.

Stilton goes on his way with a half spoken threat before leaving, Florence then riding up and relating of having set some flowers in Bertie’s cottage, her thoughts of Stilton regarding how he’d been acting foolish lately, since his reason for becoming a cop hadn’t struck her as fruitful, especially since his uncle offered to fund him for politics, she leaving after venting. Bertie takes a smoke break for all the new stresses to consider before completing his journey to Wee Nooke. Upon estimating Wee Nooke for himself, he found it to be old, but livable, and once hearing weird sounds, he thought it possible the place haunted, but upon tripping over a bucket, Florence’s younger brother, Edwin comes through a door, he greeting Bertie and quite ready to perform first aid in whatever capacity he could, Bertie resisting resolutely. As Edwin planned on cleaning the chimney, Bertie notices his Aunt Agatha’s present to Florence had fallen from out of his jacket, Edwin first to detect it, and Bertie nimbly swiping it back. When the little mite’s inquiry has Bertie sharing what and whom it was for, he refuses his messenger service, Bertie then concluding their chat amiably and walking back outside, knowing how reacquiring the gift had saved his ass from hearing about it constantly, later. He was then debating repaying Edwin with a present for his keen eye when Wee Nooke burst in flames, giving Bertie a scare.

Bertie watched the blaze with the usual satisfaction of fire-gazing, until remembering Edwin could still be inside, and being the only person able to conduct a rescue mission, he debates the thought of whether to save Edwin, regardless of his kindly thoughts from earlier, since it quite possible Edwin had caused the fiery eruption. When Bertie has decided to attempt the task though, Edwin moseys out looking gratified, minus eyebrows, and explaining how the explosion was caused by gunpowder in the chimney and water-looking petrol when he attempted to douse the flames.

Once Bertie realizes what this meant for him, his General Headquarters well and gone, he felt he needed to impose some violence on the boy, but hadn’t the means nor felt Edwin’s lack of eyebrows warranted a sign of kicking the boy whilst impaired. Bertie was then reminded of why Edwin was obsessed with completing his kindly duties, this being among the tasks given to the ranks of Boy Scouts. He realizes the suitcase containing his costume was currently within the tinderbox, Bertie dashing in without regret, and seeing everything was quite stable at the mo, and so toddles to the case and brings it out unscathed.

Bertie does notice Percy has arrived though, Edwin gone, and Bertie playing calm, collected, and cheerful, he truly none of the above. Percy is in shock whilst Bertie confirms the state of Wee Nooke, then inquires after his uncle, but Percy regains some speech to accuse Bertie of the pyromania and should’ve expected such behavior from him, and when Bertie attempts to set him straight of his son’s good-doings, it doesn’t make a dent in Percy’s bend, he still blaming him for supplying the gunpowder to Edwin, and when Bertie explains further what the boy had used in lieu of water, Percy reacts like Bertie had done this himself, and settles with the idea in the end, of Bertie and Edwin having egged each other on, team-work style.

Percy eventually pushes off after instructing Bertie to direct Jeeves to him when he came, the man doing so not long after by taxi, Bertie ready to unload the woe of Steeple Bumpleigh and hopefully to push Jeeves’ buttons for talking him into the mess. Bertie wastes not a mo to point out the trouble of Steeple Bumpleigh and ends with a poetic question to which Jeeves agrees with, Bertie then making plain the current events (Bertie makes a comment about relating to King Herod in reference to seeing his point on doing away with the first born sons, which had me reminded of an episode of Vicar of Dibley, where Geraldine mentions a similar scenario). Jeeves then confirms having spoken with Percy on his way to Wee Nooke, the man wanting him to settle at the Hall, so his brain could be all the closer.

Bertie rightly assumes he wasn’t invited and likened he and Jeeves to gazelles per the poet Moore, he then speaking Jeeves’ thought of bunking with Boko, he then appraising Jeeves of Boko’s situation with Nobby, and his own scapegoated position with Percy, Jeeves aware of the importance his plan-making skills were to the group. Bertie lastly informs Jeeves of Stilton’s job title, Jeeves’ look making Bertie think he was shocked by the news, and helped Bertie decide he would need to be the model citizen, he then realizing he’d misplaced the brooch, Jeeves noting how worrisome the prospect was, he then retracing his steps to the point of where he’d most likely dropped it whilst retrieving his suitcase in Wee Nooke, the fire now too low to enter, Jeeves taking some time to reflect on the matter.

Bertie took the time to decide whether fleeing was a viable way to handle Agatha, when Jeeves shares a possible easy remedy, which involved he going back to London to order a second identical brooch, Bertie warming to the idea as he spoke of the last situation which Jeeves implemented the switcheroo being the Aberdeen McIntosh. Jeeves then game-plans by allowing first, time to transfer Bertie’s luggage to Boko’s, then going to make the brooch order, whilst Bertie roamed about the area, to double check the grounds on the off-chance it had fallen outdoors. No luck though, so it’s whilst he walked, Nobby rode up upon bicycle, Bertie eager to chat with her about Stilton and his personal affairs.

Nobby had freshened up, which Bertie didn’t understand, what with she meeting a goofy man dressed to the frumpiness. Bertie bids to have a word with her after agreeing he was off to see Boko, as well. Nobby interrupts him with the subj. Bertie was after, so wasn’t as annoyed by her inattentiveness. She mentions of how mad Stilton was, Bertie sharing the reason for this and how Stilton didn’t believe his pure intentions. He then eventually gets to the danger of Stilton’s career having affected Florence’s love which could affect Bertie’s relationship status. Nobby then considers his predicament, and realizes how Florence had seemed attached to Bertie the most out of all her fiancés.

Bertie’s necessity to rectify Florence and Stilton’s lovey-doveyness hits him hard, and in despair, he asks for Nobby to talk to either side and do some convincing for both to see reason. Nobby agrees to do as best she can, and the two then enter Boko’s residence, he letting Bertie know his luggage had arrived safely, and assuring Nobby of his lunch with Percy going fine, but when she heard of Bertie no longer being able to knock home Percy’s acceptance, Boko shares his back-up plan of saving Percy’s home from a burglar to prove his worth. Then, once describing the finer details, Bertie is readying to back out, due to the part he was meant to play, but Boko and Nobby speak of his goodness so much, his resolve dies and turns to reluctant agreement.

The lack of gusto persists until the time was nigh, Bertie’s feeling getting worse as the two reached their destination, Boko intermittently makes comment to the nice qualities of the garden about them, but  Bertie wasn’t feeling it, and preparing to leave his buddy at his time of need. He remembers his terrible experiences with trespassing and policemen interruptions, Bertie relating this possibility to Boko, whom turns down the idea, believing Stilton would already be in the depths of sleepy-time, which Bertie allowed, but the aunt and uncle still being a worry, Boko disregarding this, as well and making certain Bertie had his accouterments ready to break the window, Boko biffing off to give Bertie time to do his part. Bertie at first is satisfying his imagination by contemplating how burglars must discover ways to aid their stress, but then figures Boko could return soon, since he’d wasted a few minutes with this line of fancy, and sets up the treacled paper upon the window. Then, metaphorically dancing about the window in preference to completing his task, Bertie likens the thought to how he saw Stilton outside the jewelers, acting similarly.

As Bertie gathered his nerve, he heard Edwin call from above him, Bertie knowing the boy was baiting him when he’d announced he could see him, so Bertie stayed silent and still, comforted in knowing it was a dark night. When Edwin withdraws, Boko returns, not sympathetic to the necessity of silence, Bertie informing him of their little Boy Scout, Boko showing disapproval with tongue-clicking when Bertie blamed Edwin as the cause of not breaking the window, Bertie now hyper-aware of the noise Boko made (his metaphor bringing a pleasant image to mind), he having Bertie stay focused on how this would help he and Nobby. Boko then leaves Bertie with another ten minutes time frame, Bertie thinking the new tactic of taking a stroll could help his resolve, he doing so, but wasn’t calmed, esp. when viewing a shadowy shape, but then recognizing Jeeves’ voice.

The two greet each other cordially and relate the shock they’d received from the other, Jeeves then moving on to Bertie’s timing for an evening stroll being an ideal one, even poetically speaking of the stars, which is when Bertie attempts to quiet him. Jeeves then informs of acquiring the brooch and had given it to Florence, Bertie glad for it due to his current issue, which he readily shares with Jeeves. Upon finishing, Jeeves speaks of the timing certainly being in their favor to go through with such an idea since Percy had yet renewed his security insurance, he having Jeeves send it in the same day, before Agatha became aware, Bertie quite surprised by Percy’s place in his household not being the top dog.

Bertie was reinforced by this information so he could finish his task, but then Jeeves adds how the real-time timing was a bit off since Percy was about to meet a Chichester Clam at the potting shed, he explaining this was the gentleman Percy was attempting to merge companies with. Bertie felt sympathetic toward the American’s ignorance of Steeple Bumpleigh, he knowing the place most likely wouldn’t let Clam off with a warning. Bertie then became aware of the hour which Percy was to meet Clam was upon them, Jeeves warning of his approach. Bertie wasn’t quite ecstatic with being viewed by the uncle-figure, but greets him as he got closer, scaring him to bits, which helped Bertie’s mood toward the positive, even getting Percy’s usual repetitive response of whatting, whilst Bertie shared how Jeeves and he had been chatting of stars, and during the quotation Jeeves had spoken earlier, Percy “what”-ed his way through the retelling.

Percy then gets a closer look at Bertie, whom has to explain he had only been walking about the premises. Percy demands he be off and away, Bertie catching the clue, and about to do so when Stilton scares him into the air, possibly more so then Uncle. Percy loses his shit by this point and indignantly demands why there’s so many people milling in his garden, expletives included. Stilton didn’t take this outburst without offense, due to Percy’s upper-hand on more than one level, Stilton apologizes and shares his reason for coming was caused by a call from Edwin, Percy momentarily adrenalized upon why Edwin had contacted the Force, but calmed when Jeeves confirms his letter had been sent, Boko next to arrive with pride of detaining a burglar in the potting shed. Bertie realizing Clam must now have the knowledge of Steeple Bumpleigh’s curse.

As Boko reached their little pow-wow, Bertie entertained the idea of Clam’s viewpoint of this oddness, Bertie listing the typical day he presumed the man was used to, Steeple Bumpleigh being a mismatch for such a normal schedule. So, as Boko is readying to lead Percy to his proud find, he reiterates of the troublemaker he’d trapped in the potting shed, in case they hadn’t heard, and was getting too comfortable poking Percy in the chest, which the latter exclaims for the nonsense to end, Boko defending his detection of the thief by relating Bertie’s having stuck the treacled paper to the window. Stilton gives Boko props for his foresight and announces of going off to apprehend the fellow, Percy growing more agitated as they speak, whatting reflexively once more. As Boko attempts to sooth Percy of his feeling of upset, Florence comes out to them, she not at all in pleasant spirit for being awoken by shouting. Boko takes responsibility proudly, not aware of Percy’s disfavor of him, Bertie feeling sad for the rube. As Boko then attempts to answer Florence’s inquiries as to how and why he was there to offer his services in implementing his gloriously selfless task, Percy pipes in with wanting to learn the same, building off of this framework to add his bewilderment for his tromping about his property when Boko had one of his own. Boko is flummoxed by this tirade against him, and when regaining his speech states of how ungrateful Percy was, having Jeeves quote Shakespeare about “ingratitude”.

Percy then decides the man housed in his potting shed was most likely a harmless homeless man, and wouldn’t be pressing charges, then gives Jeeves ten shillings to give to the man for shelter. Boko is properly disgusted, stating how next time he’ll help the intruder succeed getting inside. Boko then stalks off, Bertie accustomed to this behavior since he understood this response could come from even a not so moody sort, what with the circumstances being as they were. Bertie also felt terrible for Boko’s plan being dead in the water, since now the young lovers would remain detached, the odds not in his favor. Bertie then hears an avian-sounding whistle and recognizes Nobby from afar, he meeting her. Nobby was effervescing with fervor in being updated, Bertie reluctant, but giving the unfortunate mishaps of the night, she thinking Bertie must’ve dropped the ball, but he explaining how crowded the place had gotten fairly quickly before execution could fully begin. He describes Boko’s mistake of communicating so insultingly to Percy, Nobby finally aware of the hole Boko had dug, and she now going after him to give him a piece of her mind. Jeeves appears to inform of having let Clam go, but Bertie focuses on Boko, asking Jeeves to help him remedy the issue, and when sending him off after him, Bertie stresses over the situation when Boko pops back.

Boko looks properly put in his place, Bertie thinking Nobby had located him, which Boko confirms after asking if Bertie carried any libation, which he wasn’t, Boko then half explaining how Nobby had truly slapped him about with her words, she declaring they were over and Bertie convincing him not to read too much into it. Boko slowly is convinced Bertie had a point, especially after he quoted Jeeves on the strength of love. Boko was verging on a comeback of confidence when Nobby is heard calling to him, he sobered, and following her command to join her, giving Bertie a moment to think over what had occurred. His thoughts then turn to how common this situation was for his friends who are couples, he believing his estimation of Nobby’s next move being proven correct as he sees Boko’s look of elation upon returning.

Boko relates as much and also shares of Jeeves and Nobby thinking up the next course of action, Bertie stating of the work ahead of them being tough, but Boko explaining how Jeeves had come up with a doozy, Boko needing to have Percy’s back, he then sharing a scenario where he’d defend Percy from Bertie, which the latter was horrified upon hearing the description of what Boko thought he would do, Bertie plainly making clear he didn’t fit well into this plan whatsoever, Boko shocked by his not rallying round, he taking a similar route as some of his other pals when reminding Bertie of their school days, as well as Bertie’s affection for Nobby and how this would upset her, Boko giving him the chance by deciding he hadn’t heard him properly, but Bertie sticks to his guns. Boko makes certain Bertie truly declined to aid him in his plan, Boko stating of his disappointment and not believing the day would ever have arrived to discover Bertie not volunteering his help, his resolve almost breaking when he mentions of hosting him, but the vision of Percy setting him straight. Boko then reminds him of how upset Nobby would be, he then retreating with tsk-tsks, Bertie having then been snuck up on with a hit to the back of his head, sending him grass-ward.

Bertie now has an ouchy on the back of his skull, he hearing Edwin above him, impressed with his handiwork and realizing it was Bertie afterward, the latter demanding why he’d conked him, Edwin focusing on the part of his inquiry to do with his weapon of choice, he getting the confirmation of its validity as a painful piece of artillery, Edwin apologizing and confessing Bertie was the second victim he had mistaken for the thief, the first his pop. When Bertie hears how well Edwin had conked his pater, he relates to his heart jumping for joy, Edwin going on to relate how Florence had stuck up for him when Percy was readying to whoop Edwin good. Then, Bertie shares how his head still hurt and he had a lump, Edwin inquiring after his physical state, and then the former denying him the honor of performing first aid. Edwin changes topics about the reason for Bertie’s presence, and shares how Florence’s engagement could be possibly cancelled since he’d overheard a fight between she and Stilton. Bertie takes intent interest in this, and interrogates Edwin on the details, only learning their exchange was decently serious. Bertie’s soaring heart takes a dive, he knowing Florence’s intellect kept her style of fighting to be reckoned with more soberly than Nobby’s kind. Edwin reveals how he’d been distracted from listening to much by his act of whacking Bertie during their heated back-and-forth. Knowing this gave Bertie slight hope, since the two could’ve winded down their blow up before going too far. Edwin then confirms whether his acts of kindnesses from earlier still counted, despite his back-step, the two debating the day Edwin had reached, until Bertie realized Edwin had located the brooch twice, the second time at Wee Nooke. After stating of Florence’s delight having received the brooch by Edwin’s hand and giving Bertie the credit, he dashes away. Bertie then hears noisy breathing and puts together it was Florence.

Bertie couldn’t read the look on her face, only knowing she was feeling something compelling, she bluntly speaking of Stilton, to which Bertie regards her phrasing quite soberly, noting how she wasn’t seeing Stilton in a pleasant light and her view worried him as to the likelihood of the two working through this. Bertie determines her view would warm her more to his side, which prompted him to speak on Stilton’s behalf, this not succeeding in changing her low opinion, she then sharing how Stilton had insulted Percy when he wasn’t given permission to arrest the man in the shed. Bertie grasped at the straw of Stilton having been kidding about his harsh statements, but Florence states otherwise. Bertie feels for Percy’s plight as much as one could for the sort of his ilk, he having quite a time what with Boko, Edwin, and now Stilton. Bertie again attempts to spin Stilton’s temper in a positive light, Florence denying this by relating how he’d blasted her with his words when she’d voiced supporting her father’s side. Bertie was impressed with Stilton’s courage to stand up to Florence, but also knew it’d be the death of their love. Florence is unable to repeat Stilton’s insult of her reply about the quality of life for those in prison, the thought renewing her anger. She then shares of the fear Bertie’d been thinking of, the cancellation of their wedding, his reaction being to speak of Stilton highly, trying to have her let it go, he then spurring into a well-worded support to Stilton’s actions caused by the lack of crime in Steeple Bumpleigh, he unprepared by Florence’s response not being to take his words logically, but to become enchanted with him, she thinking he’d said all of this with the idea of wanting to get hitched to her. She then explains the brooch had helped her form her opinion, she accepting her title as hubby, sharing the sort of wedding she’d like, and left him to numbly catch up to her plans for him.

Bertie stays frozen to the ground for quite awhile, not moving even when flying pests knocked into his face, nor when other sorts crawled upon his neck. After he finally gets moving and back to Boko’s, he discovers the latter in the living room, Bertie buzzing over to the liquid refreshment, Boko not noticing him until hearing him pour, the man welcoming him, but also shocked he could detect the will to make a drink, after all which had occurred. Boko then eyeballs him as he informs Bertie he’d seen Nobby and she’d been quite upset due to Bertie’s stance, Boko again mentioning how he hadn’t foreseen the day coming when Bertie would fall through, he going on to inquire what had taken so long to return, he starting with Edwin, which pleased Boko, but Bertie pleading with him to save his chill nature for a later time since he required ideas and pity, he revealing his enchainment to Florence. After hearing Bertie’s tale, Boko admits how terrible it was Stilton had screwed up what with his true affection for her being apparent, and if he’d quit being a cop, he would still have a chance at a reunion. Bertie didn’t see the value of thinking about Stilton, he wanting a plan, so Boko asks if he could use the one which had worked the first time, Bertie stating to the negative. Boko then mentions how his style of having Florence break it off was tried and true, but Bertie not worthy for not helping Nobby and he, the former now reconsidering, but only after being reassured Boko’s plan was solid, he agreeing to share after he’d completed the job of angering Percy, Bertie acquiescing and Boko all smiles afterward, he deciding to jot down some ideas for Bertie to implement.

Bertie sleeps terribly, ridden by nightmares of Percy, but morning brought sunny goodness, birds a-twitter, this not helping Bertie’s attitude toward the day, though. He was plagued by his duty, he even having risen earlier for his troubled thoughts. He prepares for a refreshing bath, when he sees a note under his door, and reading of the statements Boko had come up with for him to spout to Percy, which worried him as he read. He brings up his Headmaster and the failed biscuit-stealing again, to relate how Boko had continued from where the Headmaster had left off, Bertie gauging of the estimated six hundred words, six of them acceptable enough for Bertie to muster the courage to speak, only if he were imbibed to the gills. Boko expected Bertie to follow the plan by ten in the A.M., but Bertie learns Percy was currently river swimming, he discovering him happily sloshing about. When Bertie sees Stilton was along for the water fun, he decides his best course was to stay unnoticed, he puttering along the sloping edge and spotting Jeeves fishing, whom he greets aloofly, and explains the reason. Bertie is peeved over what he now had to attempt to say to Percy, he essentially asking if it was worth his head to Jeeves, the reaction from the latter being a slight, quizzical look. Jeeves replies how Bertie could’ve backed out, to which Bertie derisively singly laughs over the idea, relaying the events of the previous night with Edwin, Florence, and ending with Boko and his information withholding on how to detour Florence. Jeeves, not having heard of their couple-hood, couldn’t guess what Boko had done and offers to inquire the house-staff, Bertie all for this.

The two agree to a meeting time and place to speak of Jeeves’ findings, Bertie returning to the house and seeing Boko at breakfast, Bertie inquiring about his knowledge of porpentines, Boko ignoring this and asking after Bertie’s thoughts regarding his list. He confesses the list’s horrifying qualities and confides of possibly deciding to nix going through with the plan, Boko shocked by this being the real Bertie’s feelings, again. Boko takes this badly, and states his displeasure on such cowardice, Bertie not phased by Boko’s retaliative approach by keeping his secret Florence-begone to himself, the former reminding him he hadn’t decided to withdraw yet, and the two leaving each other on good terms, they agreeing to enter the Hall individually. Bertie meets Jeeves, whom he can sense has good news, Jeeves sharing the source of his information coming from the boy whom cleans the silverware and boots, he having seen the happenings first-hand. Edwin had played a part in the events, he tracking something which Florence saw as she tended to a part of the garden, Boko walks up to Edwin and speeds up as he bends over some flowers, Boko then whopping him a kick, Florence not accepting his explanation and ending their engagement. Jeeves then points out Edwin was currently hunched over peering at something the ground.

Bertie caught Jeeves’ point along with the look he gave him to solidify his meaning, but whilst Bertie had the inclination, the circumstances gave him pause. He could also see Boko’s advantage when it came to his enactment, he in mid-question as to Jeeves’ surety of this being his best course, and even adding how Florence’s presence would and should be had, Jeeves offering to give her a reason to meet Bertie outside. His hesitance still holds him, and when confessing this to Jeeves, he posits Hamlet being in a similar boat, but what gets Bertie on-board though, was knowing the time rounding ten, his qualms bothering him no more, and Jeeves informing the length of time necessary to retrieve Florence. Bertie chats up Edwin in the serene atmosphere as he waits, Edwin sharing how close he was to catching up on his kind deeds and his current preoccupation. Edwin goes off on his ant knowledge until remembering Bertie’s bruised head, this having been related to how ants talk to each other, Edwin sharing how much enjoyment he maintained from the memory.

This only helps spur Bertie’s resolve, and as Edwin speaks, gets up to demonstrate or to stretch his legs as Florence finally comes outside, Bertie quickly coming up with a reason for him to bend again, he bringing his attention to a bit of ‘change’ under a shrub, Bertie noting his posture perfect for his swing, and upon execution, Edwin flying, but Florence isn’t furious, she happy has a clam, calling Edwin back, but he wandering off, and Florence explaining her reason for being pleased being in relation to Edwin’s hack job of her clippings being pasted upside down. She leaves Bertie to attend to the issue, he not noticing Nobby had been attempting to engage his attention for a little while, she having come to remind him of his meeting with Percy having arrived. Bertie mentions once more of how adept he was in obtaining those “silver-lining” moments, he declaring to Nobby of having found it in the form of his ability to back out, which Nobby then remembers his letter to her about Florence being a good back-up plan, he realizing the validity in this, and readies his entrance, flying to Percy’s sanctum sanctorum.

Bertie’s description of Percy’s study is everything one would expect a study to exude, the one article missing being Percy, himself. This new situation threw him as to where he should proceed, he deducing by cigar smoke smell he’d been there recently and most likely had gone outside to ponder his Clam troubles, Bertie attempting to decide whether to follow, his fire cooling as he stood, and so upon reluctantly following, he hears the man himself speaking with Boko, Bertie seeing the two walk into his line of sight with a gardener and mutt. As Boko is led away, Percy heads toward Bertie, he realizing there was no point going through with the plan if Boko couldn’t hear, and so goes back to the study to notice what he decided must be a painting of his Aunt Agatha he hadn’t been aware of earlier, but then hears her voice, which fortunately turns out to be only an audial hallucination, but by this point, Percy had caught up to him, he ranting about Boko turning up regardless of the hour.

Percy registers Bertie’s presence and speaks unusually cordially to him, throwing Bertie off, understandably what with their troubled history, he continuing by listing his normal temperament, his look similar to a cricketer turned actor (the picture of whom gives a fair idea what hilarity could come from the comparison), and whom had gone rabid (quite an image). So, to now see Percy looking agreeably at him, he was weak with disbelief, Percy then insisting he have a libation, sharing how he’d tromped on Boko, Bertie empathizing with his bud after imagining what area Percy must have stepped, but then extending his sympathies to Percy, as well. When Percy inquires about Boko’s friendship with Bertie, he sees a return of his old self, he letting this go to inform why the gardener had been pointing a pitchfork at Boko’s rump. Percy then offers a cigar to Bertie, he declining, which gives Percy reason to mention the hunting crop incident, and then giving Bertie the cigar so he could speak of why he’d wanted to chat, this an attempt at getting Bertie to loosen up.

After they have a drink, Percy commends him on his kick of Edwin, he going so far as to shake Bertie by the hand, and then asking him to excuse his aggressive temper due to his son, he then confessing his change of mood toward Bertie was because of his conduct with Edwin, and now wanted Bertie’s opinion about how he should proceed with his meeting with Clam, since the man was so skittish, he now wanting to forget about it and only return home. Percy finally gets around to asking what thoughts Bertie had on where to meet safely, upon his mentioning already having gone to Jeeves and learning he’d been told the man didn’t have a plan surprised Bertie, but when discovering when Percy had been told this, remained hopeful due to this being said the previous night. Bertie goes on to relate there was even better chance, since Jeeves would’ve most likely dined on his catch from this morning, his brain properly stimulated, Percy adopting Bertie’s optimism, and so calling his butler for a refresher on drinks and Jeeves. When the two return and his butler withdraws, Bertie informs Jeeves of what he’d mentioned to Percy about his regiment on producing new ideas, but Jeeves still had nada. Percy didn’t let this keep his spirits down though, and put his hope back on Bertie, whom decides to have a walk around and think, Nobby popping up when he left.

Nobby was close to literally dying to know how it had gone, she describing how little she could hear, but how she’d expected to hear Bertie’s voice more and couldn’t hear Boko at all, which finally gave Bertie the chance once more to dispel her hopefulness, confessing Boko’s absence, and once revealing to her the events, she readying to turn on her beau, but Bertie reminding her of how big Percy’s feet were, Boko’s inability to escape them slim, he being relatively unharmed and Percy’s view of him not positive, still. Bertie was then able to share the new standing he had with Percy though, and how it may yet help them, he sharing how if he succeeded thinking up a stellar meeting spot, he’d be able to help the two. When she attempts to help him with ideas and can’t, she suggests Jeeves be brought in, surprised to learn he couldn’t come through, and having Boko help wasn’t going to help once Bertie told her why it would only complicate matters. Nobby soon biffs off to locate Jeeves for still disbelieving his failure to formulate a plan, Bertie left to think. Jeeves appears, and when Bertie doesn’t see him coming, is reminded of Indians astral projecting, Nobby accompanying him and looking quite happy since stating how Jeeves was no longer blocked, and in fact had pretended to be without plan so Bertie could have the upper hand and could get even more bosomy with Percy, but the plan needed to be handled gently when it came to sharing it with him, and so Jeeves offers to bear the news to him on Bertie’s behalf, his plan being for Clam and Percy to meet at the dress party (TV show pops to mind, once more, possibly in a different episode). Bertie had completely forgotten the party, what with Steeple Bumpleigh’s overpowering effects.

Bertie then brings up his hope of Percy having the attire needed, Nobby having forgotten this requirement, and Jeeves stating how Bertie would need to lend his costume, which struck him with the strength of a mother cat being separated from her babies, but when being assured it was the only way, agrees bravely, Nobby not getting why he’d care, this being after Jeeves had gone off to speak with Percy, Bertie declaring how he’d wanted to show off his Sinbad costume, which he states of Nobby not having experienced life until she had, also now realizing he and Boko both should be in attendance so as to take advantage of Percy’s inevitable good mood once finalizing his deal, and whilst Bertie paces over this, Jeeves returns, he rejoining them, and Jeeves regarding Bertie’s idea which Nobby had related to him, he agreeing; this after stating Percy had accepted the idea and Jeeves planned to next see Clam on the subj., deciding Boko would drive him so he could secure the costumes whilst they were in town, Bertie wondering how safe the costume selection was in Boko’s hands, but Jeeves certain Bertie should stay to ease Percy’s mind, since he had flip-flopped in his agreement every time he saw Agatha’s painting, and would need periodic reassurance, Bertie accepting this what with his own run-in with it, Jeeves then confirming with Nobby of Boko being home and off to begin his journey.

Bertie discovers how time consuming keeping Percy’s spirits up would be, upon viewing the man’s anxious manner whilst sitting in his study and staring at his Aunt’s portrait. Finally, when evening hit, Percy is called by Clam, whom agreed to the scheme, Clam’s costume including a bushy beard. Now everything had been confirmed, Percy opens up to how he used to hit the Ball’s fairly hard in his youth (pun most definitely intended), and if not for an indiscretion at one of them, would’ve had the chance to tie the knot with Agatha thirty years sooner than he had, she having called it off after seeing his negative press in the paper. This episode colored his reason for paranoia she stay in the dark, but then upon stating how he would stealthily get to the party without being spotted by Edwin or Florence, he steps right back into despair, Bertie eventually getting him to calm, and then deciding a good submerging in the river was needed due to his hours long babysit, and once refreshed and drying off, sees Stilton watching him. Bertie knows upon speaking to him, he was definitely sour on his presence, Stilton solidifying this notion with one of his facial expressions of pure hate.

Bertie attempts to lighten his mood with conversation on their surroundings, but Stilton uses it as a way to reference Bertie’s betrayal. To distract Stilton from this, Bertie brings up Boko’s being stepped on by Percy, and Stilton showing confusion why he’d step on Boko rather than Bertie, after which comes silence and then he stating of seeing Florence and a wedding date already having been set, Stilton yearning to have cause to arrest Bertie, he finally giving Bertie the opportunity to leave, but he feeling down for having lost a buddy in such a way. When getting back to Boko’s, whom had already arrived from his mission and was currently sitting with Nobby, quite pleased, Bertie mentions the need for her to present the letter soon, what with the impending engagement date and she relaying of delivering it to Florence next morning if all concluded positively this evening, easing his mind. Although, when Boko mentions the costumes he’d gotten for himself and Bertie, he gets a slap in the face when hearing he’d been stuck with Pierrot, and he wouldn’t fit into the Cavalier outfit for his wonderfully svelte bod. To soothe Bertie, Boko attempts to quiet him with how un-Pierrot-like it truly was, they all getting a shock when seeing it wasn’t Pierrot at all, but a footballer outfit.

It remained quiet for some time before Nobby broke the silence by inquiring if they were all seeing the same outfit, she and Bertie confirming certain areas which drew their eyes, she then exclaiming how Boko had flubbed up again, he denying this, but even Bertie being unable to ignore the obvious. Boko then realizes whom was actually the cause being a chap called Catsmeat, Boko having taken a detour to the Drones where he and Catsmeat chatted about their collective attendance at parties, he leaving first and most likely having picked up the wrong case, Boko hoping this would get him off the hook as being damned. Nobby and Bertie effectively understanding, Boko offers to wear the get-up, Bertie then reminding him of how he still didn’t have anything to wear, the two deflated, but when Jeeves enters, Bertie posing their issue to him.

Jeeves decides a brief walk would be required to push an idea out, the trio discussing the problem as they waited, their optimism “conspicuous by its a[bsence].” they aware of time running short, the possibility of securing a fresh costume not applicable due to the lateness of evening, and Steeple Bumpleigh having naught an offering, Boko’s plan of Bertie slathering boot polish over himself and going as a Zulu chief being the best they could muster. Jeeves enters to state of coming up with an idea, everyone waxing impressed feelings, Boko disagreeing when Bertie suggested Napoleon was anywhere near the level of Jeeves, but when he hears where Jeeves had come upon this outfit, he quakes at whom it must belong “s[uspicion]” having been correctly felt on Bertie’s part. He then attempts to use the mot juste (appropriate expression) to indicate his tone as he commanded Jeeves get the uniform back where he found it, and hastily, shocking both Nobby and Boko from their celebratory backslapping, they attempting to make Bertie see how important it was he use this uniform to everyone’s advantage.

Bertie again describes how thin of ice he was currently standing in regard to Stilton, Boko reminding him he’d only be wearing it at the party, not constantly, but Bertie makes clear he wouldn’t be taking the chance. Until, of course Nobby weighs in with the letter not reaching Florence, Bertie understanding again he was against the wall. The two satisfied, Boko goes over the order of events, then stating of grabbing a raincoat for Stilton, he and Nobby off to bequeath said coat. Bertie rants to Jeeves after, of how he’d helped stick him in this non-helpful situation, Jeeves relaying he was doing his best at getting Bertie through the party properly, Bertie relenting, but maintaining how precarious a spot he was in. Then he complains a bit by how laughable he was going to look in Stilton’s larger-framed uniform, but knew the choice was no longer his own, Jeeves agreeing and quoting Shaw, Bertie gathering courage and requesting Jeeves show him the duds.

Boko decides he and Bertie should carpool in case any pressing issues popped to mind, it being more easily dealt with if they rode together. Bertie wasn’t quite as receptive to this idea, since he’d lived through being shotgun to Boko and had no intention of scaring himself repeatedly, Boko’s tendency to immerse himself in conversation, and gesturing with his hands at less than fruitful moments keeping Bertie from agreeing willingly. Another reason he’d rather drive himself being so he could get out of uniform with speed, Boko most likely tarrying to finalize his needs with Percy. Bertie also learns Boko, upon supplying Stilton with said coat, had learned of his suspicion Bertie had been behind the missing uniform, Boko redirecting his attention to Edwin seeming a better fit, Boko then thinking he’d detoured Stilton sufficiently. The idea only holding so much water when relying on Stilton not ever seeing Bertie in his work attire, otherwise he wouldn’t have a chance with Stilton discovering what he’d done.

Bertie relays his own plan to Boko, it being foiled by his car stalling, but hailing help from a kindly citizen, he getting to the party by midnight. Boko gives him a hard time for being late, he then informing of Percy drinking at the bar, Bertie realizing how serious this could be if he was incapable of comprehension. Once Boko explains how whilst Percy may have met Clam, Bertie still needed to approach him, he pushes him to attend to this immediately. Fortunately, Percy is entertaining a group of revelers, so Bertie has made it in time, and when reaching his uncle, the group scurries off to dance. Bertie greets Percy, the man hesitantly placing him, since the helmet was larger than expected, Bertie being chortled at more than he liked. When he plainly regards Percy’s drinking habits, his uncle doesn’t deny them, and admits he planned on celebrating heartily, being well on his way.

Bertie senses at this rate he’ll be able to mold Percy to his will, he learning Percy and Clam had their meeting, and Percy had made out like a bandit, Bertie buttering his ego for good measure, and Percy quite receptive, but then wishing to hole up somewhere less musical to take his much too small shoes off, which gave Bertie the perfect suggestion of offering Boko’s car as a kick-back spot, Percy agreeing and taking extra restorative along. When Percy’s nice and comfy, Bertie broaches the subj. of Boko, it not going well, since Percy, whilst in a glorious mood to all men, didn’t include Boko among them, he arguing of Nobby’s father entrusting her care to him and wouldn’t overlook a Boko. Bertie stays strong though, and attempts to speak the good of Boko, but what stalls Percy is learning he had also booted Edwin, but still not being convinced, until learning where he’d be heading the next month, the miles leaving him starry-eyed, Bertie using the opportunity to send Boko in to finish the kill, and he awaying home, depositing uniform into the lake, and off to sleep, but not before relinquishing a porpentine from his bed to the wilder outdoors, Bertie then easing into sleepy time.

Bertie had heard upon awaking in the morning, a saw which he attributed to Boko, wanting to shut him up, but deciding to let him rest due to his return being quite late. Bertie was then about to frolic in the lake when Nobby comes a-bicycling, she essentially swimming with happiness. She relates the news from Boko being quite in their favor, she giving him a peck and going to the house. As Bertie splashed about in the water though, he remembers how he forgot to see if Nobby had forwarded his letter to Florence, not stressing too much, he moving on to how Boko was set for marrying quickly for already having stored the license for quick and easy use, then easing his mind about the police uniform carrying no indication Bertie had worn it, regardless if Stilton eyed him accusingly. Bertie goes back to change, ready to get closer to the appetizing smells of breakfast, Nobby and Boko chatting, and Boko including him, detailing how he’d fared with Percy, they now thick as thieves.

When Boko asks about how Bertie had disposed of police get up, he agrees he’d gotten rid of it correctly, Bertie then hearing boots and sensing Stilton was approaching, his thoughts being realized by viewing the man through the window, and Bertie greeting him warmly, Stilton informing him he was arresting him, the three feigning innocence and wondering why he would choose Bertie as his nick-er, Stilton stating how Edwin had his whereabouts corroborated by many, he then detailing why he believed Bertie was his man, Edwin having planted the porcupine, saw Stilton’s uniform, he also hearing an eye-witness at the party see a man in an over-sized cop outfit. Bertie is readying to be taken in, when Boko comes up with he needing a warrant, and since Stilton wasn’t certain, would check with his Sergeant first, Boko quickly relating Bertie would have to leg it overseas whilst he still had a chance, Bertie agreeing this to be best and have Jeeves meet him with his belongings, he then hearing a pissed off Percy in Boko’s garage.

Bertie sharply inhales, stuck to the s[pot], with a look of shock frozen to his face. He understood the issue at hand not being in Boko’s favor any longer, he hearing the inclination for blood in Percy’s voice and oaths, knowing the headway the two had made was now a fond memory of bygone hours. Bertie was then detecting his need for Jeeves, when the man himself makes himself known behind him. Bertie shares the deets, frustrated once more with Jeeves’ calm, unphased, and through the relaying, remembers his own problem with the police, considering how he’d acquire his vehicle with Percy currently lodged there, Bertie likening his feral Uncle to a jungle cat caged, the man would go after Bertie first due to he being within range. Jeeves offers to soothe Percy upon releasing him, though, giving Bertie a chance to retreat, he stating of bringing the car around after, and would later join him with his possessions. As Bertie returns to Boko’s, he hopes his new information would affect Boko in a particularly negative way, due to his absent-minded locking up of Percy.

Bertie doesn’t get the scene he imagined to break with his fate-crushing news, but Boko’s reaction didn’t fail in its serious realization, and as Boko walks through how such a misstep could happen, Nobby is interrupting with cursing insults, Boko responding to her with pet names as he quieted her so he could continue, he having left Percy in his car whilst he joined a couple dances, then to the bar, only then thinking to inform Nobby of the news, so rushing to his ride, not seeing Percy, most likely unconscious and scrunched up on the floor by this point, and off to celebrate he and Nobby’s good fortune. Percy interrupts Boko as he’s forgiving Nobby her rash words, Jeeves following behind, the angered man still attired in his Sinbad the sailor costume, the dead stare enough to get Boko against the wall with intimidation. Percy what’d repeatedly, Boko offering a sardine, Nobby piping in of he feeling better with breakies administered, but Percy not agreeing, asking Bertie for his horse-whip. After Bertie gets confirmation from Boko of he not owning one, Percy sends Jeeves for his, giving instructions as to where he thought it was, and if not found, to have a look about. Jeeves accepts this task, but nonchalantly slips in of Agatha possibly having a helpful perspective, as well. It takes a few moments before Percy registers this, he sitting heavily and holding onto a jam jar like a life-preserver, Jeeves informing him she’d returned without notice last evening.

Bertie regards Percy’s state being similar to Lot’s wife when she was transformed into a salt container, since he’d gone rigid, except for gently twitching whiskers. Jeeves informs of Agatha’s son, Thomas having recovered and her presence no longer necessary. Bertie felt for the Unc, he knowing what Percy’d be in for if Agatha learned of his gussied up night. Nobby oozing sadness for Percy’s situation, stating the obvious of what he’d have to do to go over his reasons for being out all hours, this getting Percy moving again, calling for Jeeves, whom relays Agatha’s state of agitation and quoting the last words he’d heard before leaving, she questioning the housemaid with disbelief in learning Percy hadn’t slept in his bed last night. Percy looks at Bertie helplessly, his suggestion of confessing and hoping she saw reason being shut down, since she’d think he’d have more terrible a motive and females tended to speak with unrelenting speed, he realizing he’d have to take his fate like a man. Even Bertie’s suggestion of Jeeves coming up with a way out seeming impossible to Percy, until Jeeves confirms of working on a plan which had promise, but then retracts it once Percy updates of no longer giving permission to Boko and Nobby’s engagement, which Percy begrudgingly considers when realizing it would be required for this idea to work.

Unfortunately, Percy didn’t see the plan as plausible, since it didn’t include why he was dressed up, but Jeeves has a way out by selling Agatha of he being out to discuss wedding plans later, and then staying over could be supported with a change of clothes lent to him by Bertie. The latter watches Percy’s wilted demeanor flourish into a healthy flower once more, he following Percy out, Boko then blocking them, making certain Percy confirms his b[lessing] of their marriage, he giving the tormented green light, but this time Boko not leaving it to chance of being backed out on, wanting the agreement on paper. Percy’s optimism dips upon realizing he wouldn’t be able to get out from living through a wedding, he relenting to this, and the result tucked away by Nobby. Bertie then is re-consumed by his own dire fate with Stilton’s return, he having acquired his warrant, only requiring a signature from a Justice of the P, he then pleasantly greeting Percy, but getting the man up in arms when noting his outfit, Percy denying knowing of the party, and Stilton back-pedaling and apologizing, but Percy now unleashed, goes on a rampage of indignation, even coming up with a reason for the costume due to Boko and Nobby requesting him to don the frivolity.

Stilton attempts to get back on [res] the crux of the matter, and asks if he’d sign his warrant, Jeeves detailing what Stilton’s reasons were and in the explanation, Percy being Bertie’s alibi. Stilton attempts to argue Edwin’s testimony sealing the truth, but Percy supports Bertie’s scoffing such a witness. Jeeves then tries to give some magnanimous leeway on Stilton’s behalf, Percy unaware of Edwin wanting retribution for Bertie’s kicking him, but he dismissing this, going on his own steam of the police, as a whole having been going downhill due to their blind ambitions for advancement, ending with sympathy for Bertie’s being accused. Stilton doesn’t end it there though, pissed Percy would deny him, he gives him one more chance to sign, Percy making it clear what he thought of Stilton’s state-of-mind and his warrant, the beat-down cop leaving heavy-footed and broken-spirited. Percy hastens them to continue, wanting Bertie’s unwavering support when confronting Agatha, and so Bertie escorts the man to suit and bathroom, returning to be updated by Nobby of she and Boko’s immediate wedding pending upon Boko returning with his car and motoring to London, she concluding by complimenting Jeeves once more.

Bertie interrupts her well-deserved praise to inquire of the letter for Florence, she guiltily having forgotten and Edwin having cleaned out her room, offering the Jeeves remedy, then biffing off. Jeeves however, hadn’t a clue, Bertie dismissing him to the kitchen to get the only protein he remembered being available for his consumptive needs: anchovy paste. Bertie leaves for the garden to brood about his terrible fate, Edwin being “the Fons et origo” (source of origin) of his problems. Bertie then fantasizes of how fortunate being in China would be, able to condemn Edwin with “the Death of the Thousand Cuts”, Stilton then returning, keeping Bertie in place as he had been attempting to step away from him. Stilton updates the score of Bertie no longer in line to marry Florence, since he’d quit being an officer and Florence had taken him back, Bertie surrounded by light and birdsong, Stilton then off and Bertie streaking to the kitchen to inform the empathetic Jeeves of the good news, hastening they leave, then remembering his agreement to support Percy, Jeeves confessing he’d fabricated Agatha’s return, and they should hasten escape before Percy came down, Bertie on board with this train, he half remembering on their journey back of the expression of their experience at Steeple Bumpleigh containing the word “Joy”, realizing he’d gone over this bit at the start.

Satisfying as usual, Wodehouse staying strong. Still love them and I’m glad I acquired as many as I have so far, and will definitely seek out the rest.

The Jeeves Omnibus

Since this contains collections I’ve already read in The World of Jeeves, the latest story at the beginning of this volume is where I’ll begin. Although I do note, though the stories are the same, the beginnings and titles vary to accommodate the order they are to be read in this volume, which I found a bit odd and confusing, but do plan on reading them eventually, until then though I’ll be posting only the first.

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves has us see Bertie in an exceptionally good mood at having Jeeves return from a sojourn at his Aunt Dahlia’s, helping with a party she’d hosted. Jeeves then reminds Bertie of his visit to Totleigh Towers with Sir Watkyn Bassett, which was still quite fresh to Bertie, being the time he’d tried to steal back a cow-creamer with his Aunt Dahlia. Then I come to the part which shows this is another story shown in the TV series. Bertie then receives a phone call from his aunt and inquires why she had invited Mr. Bassett to dinner with them, which she explains it having to do with taking his Uncle Tom’s mind off of being taxed, believing it would show him there are worse possibilities to have to deal with. His aunt goes on to tell how Bassett had been showing off a new item he’d bought for his collection, his Uncle being properly perplexed by the item since he’d had his eye on it, as well. His aunt makes a date to have lunch with Bertie the day after the next and they end the call. Bertie tells Jeeves of their plans asking about the newly attained item, a black statuette “thing”, but when hearing it was a long story takes a rain-check for thinking he’ll be late to his date. Jeeves than gives some signs Bertie’s day is about to take a turn, it involving the choice of his hat, Bertie ready to stick up for himself and making his way out the door.

Bertie then divulges whom his date is and they’re meeting at the Ritz, she being Emerald Stoker, the daughter of Pop Stoker who had kidnapped Bertie on his yacht to threaten him into marrying his older daughter, Pauline. Bertie goes on to tell how everything had ended up for Pauline which were of happy tidings. We then learn it’s through Pauline whom Bertie meets her younger sister, she coming from America where she was studying painting. Bertie describes her physical attributes and tells of her kindly nature and when he sees her tells his concerns on how Jeeves had tried to insult Bertie’s taste in head-wear, knowing she’d be sympathetic. She relates to Jeeves of he sounding like her father, who could do with a bit of practice in keeping his opinions to himself every once in a while, Bertie then invites her to a musical she couldn’t attend due to a conflicting schedule. She then tells Bertie she’d be away for a month, he being impressed her hosts could stand her for so long, not having had the same experience himself. He then discovers he is quite familiar with her hosts, they living in Totleigh Towers and having the surname of Bassett.

When Emerald realizes he knows them, she tries to get him to tell her more about them, Bertie than deciding to air on the side of truth, she only having met Mrs. Bassett, they then commiserate on what they both thought of her, after he tells of the other Bassett’s. After describing Sir Watkyn Bassett, Madeline’s father as a bigger stinker then Emerald’s, she informs Bertie of how her father sees him, which doesn’t include being of sound mind. Bertie isn’t too bruised by this confession though, he going on to tell of the curate, Reverend “Stinker” Pinker at a neighboring village being the only positive receiver on Bertie’s scale of good people, then remembering to mention Gussie, whom she’d met before and seemed smitten with, despite knowing his engagement to Madeline. After Bertie and she part ways, Bertie has a funny way of revealing how he had gotten a bad feeling and should be careful in getting hooked by anything relating to Totleigh Towers. Bertie then goes to the Drones Club to sit and smoke, bothered by the thought of Totleigh Towers, when he’s approached by a waiter with information about a man wishing to speak with him and waiting outside the Club, it being Rev. Pinker, surprising Bertie with visible spasm. Bertie then tells the waiter to let him in and sees Pinker approach happily, tripping as he came over.

Bertie describes Pinker’s enviable ability to play rugby and how he’s engaged to Stiffy Byng who couldn’t intimidate him with all her wild plans for having played the sport so long as to have knocked all the fear out of him. Bertie then describes Pinker’s doppelgänger would be Roderick Spode, Pinker being the gentler of the two by far. Bertie then notices Pinker seemed to have something weighing on his mind and begins to question after their mutual acquaintances, everyone seeming to be “fine”. Bertie then tries asking after the promised vicarage Pinker had been waiting on which got him to talking a bit more freely, the subject of which being up in the air. Then Bertie figures there is something more on Pinker’s mind, which upon discovering he wanted Bertie to go stay at Totleigh Towers for Stiffy needed him there for a plan she wished to involve him in. Bertie reminded him how Sir Watkyn felt about him and Pinker mentioned he could ask Madeline to invite him, Bertie well aware of this, but going on to tell how he wouldn’t want to get involved in any of Stiffy’s plans if he could help it, staying strong and Pinker leaving, deflated of spirit. Bertie then attests to his inability to turn away from a friend in need, but due to his guardian angel keeping his safe in the knowledge to stay away from Totleigh Towers to comfort him, went home with nary a guilt-trip, seeing Gussie Fink-Nottle hanging out of a cab. He had gone to Bertie’s to tell him of his aunt’s wish to be hosted for lunch by Bertie which Bertie confirmed and then invited Gussie in for some orange juice which he had to decline for going to Totleigh Towers, Bertie then stating how he’ll be seeing Emerald Stoker again, for they were going to the same place, after which Bertie is told Gussie was no longer in love with Madeline and was fully interested in Emerald Stoker, whom he hadn’t gotten the name of when he’d met her at the party they were at and speaking of newts, again surprising Bertie with the new development between he and Madeline.

Bertie goes on to mention he was as revolted by Emerald Stoker as Spode was to him, but if he was required to marry the girl he would have no choice but to comply. We then learn Gussie would profess his love to Emerald if it weren’t for his lack of nerve which is why he enlisted Bertie to speak his love for him to the proper channels, it not being understood whom Bertie was referring to and so Madeline then tries to comfort Bertie with the knowledge her heart belongs to Gussie, but if anything should go wrong there, he would be next in line for her affections, which of course he didn’t require, after figuring this out he goes to Jeeves to tell him of what he’s heard from Gussie being terrible news for his bachelorhood. Bertie then blatantly speaks of getting Jeeves to work his brain on a plan to fix the situation also revealing how other than Totleigh Towers being a gut shaking thought when considering going back, he tells of Stiffy wanting him to do something for her, which of course doesn’t bode well. Jeeves suggests Bertie should get an invitation to Totleigh Towers and decline Stiffy’s plans for him outright, Bertie agreeing reluctantly for the idea of having to return to the Towers, but knowing it to be the only course of action.

Stinker was correct in his assumption Madeline would extend an invitation to him, so Bertie then sent a telegram to his Aunt Dahlia to decline his invitation in giving her lunch which she quickly called him about. His aunt didn’t take the news easily, asking where he could possibly go, only being known to come to hers to eat the heavenly food of Anatole’s, her cook. Bertie tells her where his point of arrival would be aimed, to her disbelief and then acceptance of his being an ass far surpassing her considerable expectations, to which Bertie could understand her perspective to and deciding to explain himself further. After he’d done so, his Aunt Dahlia sees his point more clearly, but continues he should be careful for Bassett had his eye on stealing Jeeves from him which catches Bertie off guard, his aunt not understanding why due to this being Bassett’s nature, abruptly hanging up for being told the time spent. Bertie then goes on his way to Totleigh Towers, he and Jeeves arriving shy of five in the evening and Bertie walks in mid-tea-time, Madeline greeting him. Bertie then tells of Madeline’s extreme beauty, but it being trumped by her verging on “baby talk” sentimental personality.

Then Bertie notices Stinker is present, he being surprised and probably happy Bertie had decided to come, which Bertie was ready to quash upon first chance, he resolving to stay strong and unrelenting to Stiffy’s plans for him. Then Stinker is called away to see Sir Watkyn and Madeline takes time alone to confront Bertie in her “secret romance” denied sort of way, confiding in Bertie they can be nothing but friends and wouldn’t being near her torture him, being unable to deny him invitation, confirming her love for Gussie. Bertie then believes everything must be fine between she and Gussie since she seemed unaffected by what Gussie had confided in Bertie. Madeline continues after, though confessing to Bertie she felt so badly for him which upset her to the point of uncontrollable tears, Bertie patting her head awkwardly and aware he should be careful to take his and away before getting stuck in the action, his plan not working out for the mechanical action of his hand, then noticing Spode had entered, asking what had happened, Madeline saying it was nothing and leaving to compose herself, also leaving Bertie to be regarded attentively by Spode.

Bertie tries offering snacks to Spode, he declining each attempt and stating he was debating whether or not to impart physical harm to Bertie’s neck area, he being a fan of the latter. Spode continues to confront Bertie on his presumptuousness to invite himself over and how he would be remiss if he thought he could turn Madeline’s head from Gussie. Bertie tries to explain his side since he wanted nothing to do with this line of consideration, but is interrupted by Spode not finished speaking his side. Spode then makes it clear, but not through words what would happen if Bertie continued to try and avail himself to Madeline in the way it seemed before Madeline reenters the room. She then leads Bertie out to show him his room, Spode giving Bertie one last word of warning and then the two running into Madeline’s father. Sir Watkyn, upon noticing Bertie didn’t seem to take it well, for being surprised at Bertie’s presence and also being told how long he was expected to stay from Madeline, he going off for a drink at the prospect. When dinner is called, Bertie tries to make thoughtful conversation, but doesn’t get far for the room seeming to be in a drab mood after which he decides to retreat to his room for the remainder of the night, believing any more time with the bunch wouldn’t do anyone any good.

Bertie then mentions how he’d been thinking during dinner what had happened with Emerald Stoker. He brings the point up with Jeeves who isn’t miffed by the thought soon having Bertie relay what he believed Madeline’s earlier words were conveying to him, which was she and Gussie were perfectly happy together still, Jeeves then bringing the happy thought to an end. Jeeves had found out from Gussie Madeline had decided he would become a vegetarian since the poet Shelley believed this to be best, but when Jeeves goes on to tell the cook had felt so sorry for Gussie’s position when Jeeves had told her this, she’d leave some edibles in the kitchen for him after all had retired for the night, Bertie thought this could relieve the tension between the two love-birds. Bertie felt so grateful to this unnamed cook, he asks Jeeves what the good soul’s name was, he being surprised to hear the name Stoker pass his lips, Bertie then wondering if it was a coincidence. Gussie then runs into Bertie, he laying his problems out for Bertie’s sympathy and then comes out with the truth of the situation about Emerald, who is the cook of Totleigh Towers now. Bertie then gets the story as to why and how this happened, he agreeing her reaction to staying quiet about it the right course of action. Gussie then departs with the happy thoughts of steak and kidney pie to come.

Bertie dozes off whilst reading a book, but when waking is baffled by a feeling he figures out slowly is hunger. He then decides, after realizing he knew the route to the kitchen, he should go and locate some food, knowing Emerald Stoker had left some steak and kidney pie about. On his journey to the kitchen, he runs into a body, which does his heart a jump-start and is ready to take down the possible burglar, when he realizes whom he actually ran into. After conversing with the shrimp-like Gussie for a mo., Bertie continues on his way to the kitchen, but not before running and toppling a Grandfather clock on the way, which gets Sir Watkyn’s attention, as Bertie soon sees when the lights get turned on by the man, his dressing gown more aversive than his attitude toward Bertie. Sir Watkyn is the first to speak and Bertie takes a moment to come up with a more respectable reason of being out and about at such an early hour, being for a book, which Sir Watkyn responds to with a caustic air. He then goes on to regard the Grandfather clock, rubbing in how Bertie could have avoided possibly breaking it by turning on a light, Bertie then fleeing off the ground once hearing growls from Bartholomew, the Aberdeen terrier, cutting Sir Watkyn’s insulting flow of speech, turning to speaking to Bartholomew in a tone of dismissal, which the pooch didn’t take kindly to, so shows his distaste by displaying some threatening moves toward Sir Watkyn, which gets him onto the same chest as Bertie, in possibly a quicker space of time. Sir Watkyn tries to stop Bertie from revealing his similar story which had happened to him with a swan a while back, so they sit in silence for a bit before Stiffy comes walking in, wondering what the two were doing perched on the chest.

After Bertie describes the hilarity of difference in heights between Stiffy and Stinker, she enquires again as to why he and her Uncle were sitting atop the chest, Bertie making light of the situation and laughing at how he and Stinker seemed to be sharing the lack of grace Bertie had shown when he’d knocked into the Grandfather clock. Stiffy not sharing his humor and asking for explanation as to why they were atop the chest, again. Sir Watkyn taking over the explaining due to her usage of “buzzard” and the two of them in the same breath, Stiffy then dismissing and defending her pup and suggesting Sir Watkyn go to bed which he agrees would be the first on his list of to-do items, but for the dog still giving them a dirty look, Stiffy then getting the “darling” to turn tail and prowl another part of the house. Sir Watkyn then away’s to bed and Stiffy utilizes the perfect moment to give Bertie the 4-1-1 on her plan for him which involved the ugly statuette Sir Watkyn had acquired, sitting on the dinner table and how much he’d been able to weasel the item from the man who sold it to him. Stiffy also mentioning of a previous plan which had gone awry, she then preceding to her point, Bertie trying to see her plan for him before she gets it out, but being off the mark, she describing to him the plan was for him to nick the statuette so Plank, the seller could get a better sum from a different buyer, Travers being the one she had in mind, who Sir Watkyn had been confessing his dirty scheme upon Plank. Bertie swiftly declines, but Stiffy ready with blackmail told Bertie if he didn’t reconsider, she’d have to tell Madeline of Gussie going against their “agreement” of him becoming a vegetarian. Bertie then decides he must agree to do her illegal bidding and she moves along, a much happier and safe-from-arrest conspirator-to-crime.

Bertie goes to his room and has a light and nightmare-filled sleep, until relating to Jeeves the happenings of the night before and feeling utterly stuck in his role as thief for Stiffy. Jeeves, looking almost like he were going to smile, then confiding in Bertie how he would have trouble stealing the statuette now for it being removed from out of the open to an enclosed collection room after Spode had spoken with Sir Watkyn about Bertie’s conversational topic being suspicious, thus Bertie being able to safely return to his stance of declining being able to go through with Stiffy’s tactless plan. After Jeeves explains to Bertie how it could be explained to Stiffy, Bertie suggests Jeeves tell her for he being able to do so in such an easy and acceptable way, Jeeves then informing Bertie where she was currently which was dealing with Stinker who was having problems with the idea of being in charge of the children of the town at the school “treat” the next day. Bertie persists Jeeves make himself impossible to deny a few words with Stiffy and he goes to relate his wonderful news, at least for Bertie’s sake, but upon his return we observe his plan and relief unfounded since Stiffy had acquired a copy of the key to the collection room and would have Bertie go through with his part, as planned, Jeeves then offering Bertie a restorative drink, he letting Bertie know the easiest way to expose Plank since he’d not seen him before, Bertie making a trip to the post office to uncover his whereabouts, which was easier than it would be today. Bertie then goes to meet the old man, who invites him in readily enough and Bertie gets some background history of the old man’s school days playing rugby and Bertie revealing he hadn’t played the sport, surprising the man. After a few other mislaid responses from Bertie, he identifies this is Plank and he was expecting a reporter and after Bertie shows him the statuette he’d sold to Sir Watkyn and how Bertie was about to ask for a fiver, Plank was ready to call the coppers, but is interrupted by Jeeves stepping through his french window to speak on Bertie’s behalf.

Bertie then goes on to narrate warmly of how Jeeves had the tendency to appear at the most opportune moments to save him from terrible outcomes. Jeeves proceeds to impersonate a policeman and declares Bertie a man of interest and how he’d tried to swindle other people the same way, even giving him an appropriate handle to go along with the story, taking Bertie and the stolen statuette to Sir Watkyn to confess once being done there, Plank going along with it and hoping Bertie will be properly punished for his would-be and already done crimes. When Bertie regains some ability to speak and enquires of Jeeves how he’d come to be there, Jeeves then explaining what he’d learned from Sir Watkyn and how he’d been hoping to intercept Bertie before he spoke with Plank, then stating, per Bertie’s request, what had been explained to Stiffy by Sir Watkyn, the results being he’d told Bertie’s Uncle Tom a lie in order to make him feel inferior to Sir Watkyn’s good fortune in his acquisition. Bertie then realizes Sir Watkyn’s terrible sense of satisfaction he must have gotten from this and gives Jeeves his warmest regards in coming to his rescue. Jeeves then lets Bertie in on Plank’s heritage as well as interests and before Bertie could drive off to relieve himself of the statuette upon Stiffy, Jeeves tells him of how it would be best for all if Bertie let Jeeves return it for how Sir Watkyn was out for Bertie’s blood, we soon getting the proof upon Bertie’s return, to his optimistically innocent surprise.

Sir Watkyn implements his search with no results which favored his declaration of stolen goods and when Stiffy shows up and decides to insult the man for the seemingly stupid idea Bertie was the culprit, going on to tell him to look in his locked collection room, upon he doing so, realizing Bertie’s innocence and giving a humble apology, but upon the conclusion of this mess, Bertie gets thrust with another difficult situation in relation to Madeline, who is annoyed with Gussie again with how he reacted to one of her flighty statements in regards to nature and then going off on her about Sir Roderick, she revealing to Bertie, upon his hypothetical questioning, being if she’d found out Gussie, on top of which, had strayed from his forced vegetarian diet, she would drop him like a hot-cake.

The next morning Bertie is seen being a husk of his former self with the dose of reality Madeline gives him and realizing how serious of a rupture Madeline and Gussie were dealing with when Jeeves comes to bring Bertie his cup of tea. Bertie gets right into relating the issues between the not-so-love-y lovebirds and due to the strain and learning the school treat was the same afternoon, Bertie decides he’s going to skip it and take lunch with his Uncle Tom instead, he wanting Jeeves to accompany, but discovering he’ll be helping with the tea at the school treat. Bertie has a reinvigorating luncheon with his Uncle and goes back to Totleigh in renewed spirit which inspires the optimism Gussie will get back into his love-induced ways through eating meats once he’s able to go back to London and everything will fix itself since women usually get obsessed with something and then drop it once giving it a thorough try most of the time. Jeeves locates Bertie when he arrives, offering a refreshing drink and relating to Bertie his making off unscathed at the tea tent, Sir Watkyn and Gussie not being so lucky. Gussie then walks in to borrow some cigarettes from Bertie, Jeeves having gone to prepare Bertie’s drink, Gussie confiding he was planning on walking with Emerald Stoker, which Bertie couldn’t help but feel the warning alarms in his actions also learning Stinker was looking for him. Bertie then discusses this with Jeeves and realizes Stiffy was baffled by Sir Watkyn’s idea Stinker might not be able to handle his own vicarage due to not being able to keep the children in order at the treat. Sensing all of these variables troublesome, Bertie is about to suggest retreat out of Totleigh when Roderick Spode bursts in and Bertie must regard why he’s decided to barge in on him, responding with grace and acceptance.

Sir Roderick enquires whether Bertie knew where Gussie was and since Bertie believed Spode had no good reason knowing the whole truth, tells him he doesn’t due to having been out with family and returned, inquiring if Jeeves knew, but he already having left the room. Sir Roderick then states why he’s looking for Gussie and it having to do with breaking a valuable vertebrae, Bertie wondering why he’s consistently looking to break these parts of Bertie and now Gussie. Spode divulging his reasons since he believed Bertie held the same emotion, it being for the love of Madeline, Spode revealing to him Gussie having been found kissing the cook, he moving off and leaving Bertie devoid of life for a moment before hunting for Gussie, his decision of going in the opposite direction of Spode working sparklingly and put a light under his nose to halloo to Gussie for how calm he was currently. Gussie continues to stay along this temperament, regardless of what Bertie tells him, firstly mentioning his kiss with Emerald, Gussie enchanted and pleased with himself for having done so, he mentioning how she’d aided him with his bitten leg and then given him a package of sandwiches, comparing how Madeline had reacted to his bite, it being unfavorable.

Gussie then mentions how he planned on marrying Emerald, Bertie trying to dissuade him by mentioning how her father was, but realizing after it wouldn’t matter since the man’s character couldn’t be as bad as Bassett. Bertie is then called over by Stiffy and Stinker and so leaves Gussie for the moment, promising to resume their discussion quite soon and informing the two S’s of how he’d heard about their situation through Jeeves and how terrible it must be, Bertie then asking whether there was something he could do, Stiffy mentioning there was and to stay away from Bassett until he cooled due to Bertie’s penchant of setting the man off. Bertie was a bit affronted by the idea he would go in search of Bassett’s company, confirming he’d gladly keep his distance then stating he was returning to speak with Gussie which reminded Stiffy of something she’d then remembered to mention to Gussie as well, calling him over and describing Spode’s blood-thirsty search for him to which Gussie reproachfully wondered why Bertie hadn’t told him, which of course Bertie states he’d forgotten to mention, but Gussie would do better to away like a rabbit from a wolf, which Gussie didn’t fail to do, but unfortunately in the direction Spode was approaching from, running into him.

They both pause to get their bearings which gives Spode the necessary time to catch Gussie before continuing his mad dash away. Gussie’s glasses fall with being shaken so thoroughly by Spode, Bertie wanting to be able to alleviate the situation for his childhood chum somehow. Stiffy also had the same thoughts in mind for Stinker, who mulled over his options deciding to start with a verbal hold to his actions, but upon noticing no change in Spode’s grip on Gussie, tries putting a hand on his shoulder, soon tugging at him, Spode finally loosening his hold only to squarely hit Stinker in the middle of his face to which Stinker is seen realizing his high position as curate fade as he showed Spode what he was made of, leaving him realizing his position, newly prostrate on the ground. The scene seemed to have made Gussie withdraw into a dazed state which Bertie promptly surfaces him from by informing him to move along before Spode regains his senses and after a certain amount of distance is made suggests he ask to borrow Stiffy’s car so as to stay properly out of reach of Spode, Gussie agreeing, but instead of making haste, goes to visit Emerald, Gussie and he both describing their experience. Spode not being far behind and running in to them in the middle of this when he resumes his grip on Gussie and gives Emerald the opportunity to be the second person to come to his rescue, she armed with a china basin, which puts Spode down for the second time. Then Madeline turns up which Emerald moves quickly to avoid being seen and Gussie takes the fall for Spode’s unconsciousness, Madeline making it clear she wasn’t feeling any love toward Gussie anymore and so he takes the opportunity to eat a ham sandwich; Wonderful. Bertie then bows out hastily and quietly, seeing Jeeves coming back from the vet with Stiffy’s dog, he relating what has gone on and for the first time, Jeeves not having a way out for Bertie at the moment, so Bertie goes off in search of a drink which leads him to Sir Watkyn even though he’d promised not to mingle, but he needed a snifter and has a couple before Stiffy walks in, visibly annoyed he was there, as well, but it not stopping her informing Sir Watkyn even though he was looking forward to dinner, he wouldn’t be getting it for the cook having eloped with Gussie.

Bertie then describes how he’d constantly been mystified by how one person can be happy and the other sad about the same news, but found himself in the situation with he feeling terrible and Sir Watkyn being on the moon once hearing of Gussie and Emerald eloping. Bertie then learns through Stiffy’s chat with Sir Watkyn Gussie had not only borrowed her car for the cause, but had gone to his Aunt Dahlia’s to leave Emerald so he could go on to London to get a license from the Arch Bishop in approval to the betrothal, this taking him a bit off-guard. Stiffy then decides to try and cast her line of getting Stinker the vicarage he’d been denied due to Sir Watkyn’s elated mood, which worked out well, he consenting happily and then going after his daughter to possibly console her newly becoming single once more. Stiffy was in mid-rejoicing of her good luck for Stinker when Bertie brings to her attention after her long-winded optimism paused for a moment, she should probably get Sir Watkyn’s agreement in writing, she being thrown in to paranoia and rushing to have it done, Bertie being left alone a moment before Jeeves enters to tell him of a phone call for him.

Bertie goes off to take the call with dread at the idea it could be his Aunt Dahlia since he believed he may have done something to upset her, but happens upon her in a pleasant mood, wondering why “Fink-bottle” is at her door with his fiancée, Bertie explaining, long-windedly he had no idea Fink-Nottle had planned to go and visit her, she not waiting for the end of his long explanation, but confessing to him she was pleased about seeing the girl due to her ability to cook since Anatole had gone to bed, ill. His Aunt Dahlia then asking about what was happening with himself and Madeline, he hoping there would be nothing to report, she then getting to the point of her call, the fact she wanted to get him to buy the black statuette off of Sir Watkyn for her husband also putting out the idea he could make it easier by stealing it, but gave him a cap if he did decide to see if Sir Watkyn would sell it. Bertie contemplating this until Spode enters the room.

Bertie greets Spode too familiarly in the hopes of sounding natural, but only getting glared at for the effort, Spode then tells Bertie how he’d been searching for him and getting on his nerves with the repetitive “eh’s” and “oh’s”. Sir Watkyn then comes in looking deflated from his high of Madeline unhitched, now having decided Bertie would marry her, Bertie taking it well since he knew this is what she’d do and Sir Roderick then deciding he would have to speak with Madeline with the hope of talking her out of it. When he leaves, Bertie is saved from conversation with Sir Watkyn since Stiffy and Stinker were walking in.

Bertie pitied the two for still on their upswing of good news by Sir Watkyn, they being unaware of what his feelings seemed to show after being told about how Stinker had defended himself against Sir Roderick. Stiffy greeting Sir Watkyn and leading in to the idea of putting their agreement on paper, which he swiftly gets to his side of where they now stood, it being not so close to the promised vicarage. Stiffy at first doesn’t get what he’s not aiming to do, but then protests, Stinker trying to get his thoughts out for explanation which Sir Watkyn didn’t seem to be helping, his statements of what Stinker sounded like when he tried making Stinker stutter; ha-ha. Stiffy comes to his rescue, explaining why he’d popped Sir Roderick, it being in defense of Gussie. Sir Watkyn, considering this still didn’t change his mind about the vicarage, which Stiffy claimed would haunt him for the underestimation of “the power of a woman”, stalking out of the room. Sir Watkyn then gets news of a constable coming by to tell him of the identity of the egg-thrower, motivating Sir Watkyn out of the room to meet the constable. Stinker than asking Bertie what he thought Stiffy had meant with her foreboding words, Bertie not knowing, but how he would’ve handled it if it were aimed at him, then noticing through a window Plank was waiting outside. Bertie goes into stealth-mode and hunkers behind a sofa whilst stating to Stinker to keep it quiet with the minimal explanation of not wanting to be seen, before Plank is led into the room.

Plank makes idle conversation with Stinker until Sir Watkyn enters, speaking of their not having dinner at home this night and getting the suggestion of needing to go to the pub and if he were in West Africa how he’d have the option of sitting in with the Chief for supper, Sir Watkyn not seeing how this was helpful, at all. When Sir Watkyn withdraws to reconvene with Madeline in their conversation with her terrible choice of a new husband, Plank inquires after Pinker, Stinker making it clear he was one and the same, Plank offering him a vicarage and Stinker readily accepting. Plank goes on making conversation and Stinker tells him how he was getting married to Stiffy, Plank recognizing all the surnames mentioned and having a story about similarly named fellows he’d been on safari with, he concluding with happy endings for the chaps which weren’t all that happy. Bertie meanwhile is feeling quite back-stabbed by Jeeves when Plank tells Stinker of how he’d learned of his being a prop-forward and when all leave, Jeeves enters with a tray as Bertie stretches out from his uncomfortable position behind the sofa.

Bertie tries to stay grave when speaking with Jeeves posing an impossible way to answer his question of why Jeeves would send Plank to Totleigh Towers. Jeeves appeases Bertie’s hard feelings for being put into such an uncomfortable position, he having to hide behind the sofa and all, Bertie then remembering to tell Jeeves of his impending marriage and for Jeeves to put his noggin to the grind. Stiffy then walks in and looking quite morose, Bertie springs the news of Stinker’s good luck, she unbelieving at first and then deciding to rub it in ole Sir Watkyn’s face, then showing what she’d nicked from Sir Watkyn once more and wanting Bertie to return the item since she’d gotten the good news of Plank helping Stinker with a vicarage.

Jeeves takes over the task and Bertie is left in the room figuring an exit through the window to be best, but soon learns it won’t work since the dog, Bartholomew had set up camp outside, Madeline walking in and Bertie taking refuge behind the sofa once more to hopefully wait out her consoling herself with folk tunes (which Bertie had no fondness for) whilst playing on the piano. Spode then walks in and confronts Madeline about her terrible decision to marry Bertie albeit the lack of love she felt for him, thinking he had the dumb look of love for her, Sir Roderick deciding to come right out with his true feelings toward her. Meanwhile Bertie had to stay hidden through this and the blaspheming of his name, Sir Roderick trying to get Madeline to understand how superficial and idiotic Bertie was, as well as a thief, finally leaving the room to verify his story with Sir Watkyn all in order to get Madeline to agree to his proposal.

Jeeves then enters the room to confirm Sir Roderick’s story and after Sir Watkyn, with Plank and Sir Roderick re-entering for a drink and to tell Madeline of the truth of Bertie’s sticky fingers and the proof of his black statuette. Madeline then finally agrees to Sir Roderick’s proposal and after leaving with Sir Roderick who had something to privately discuss with her, Sir Watkyn and Plank have drinks in celebration with Plank finally discovering Bertie who finally makes his presence realized with a sneeze, ending his quiet hide-out and Sir Watkyn calling for his butler to call for the police chief who was still in his home having a drink in the kitchen so he could press charges against Bertie.

Bertie gets his walk with the Iron Arm of the Law and spends a night in a jail cell all to himself, once morning dawning, making a list to be certain he’d done everything he’d meant to and coming to the conclusion he’d made out fairly well, then getting a visit from Stiffy. She being quite remorseful to his plight, but Bertie stopping her from her point of view for having been saved from marrying Madeline, whom he had no hard feelings toward, not wanting to be married in general and then the Police Chief comes back to inform them Bertie had been let off the hook by Sir Watkyn in he wasn’t pressing charges. Stiffy was then about to invite Bertie to stick around and stay with Stinker, but Bertie was ready to leg it back home, she disappointed in his lack of backbone, in her eyes. Jeeves then pulls up in the car and once driving, tells Bertie of how he’d stimulated his release by Sir Watkyn, it being a condition Jeeves take employment with him, temporarily, Bertie surprised senseless by this notion and then realizing what Jeeves had done for him and offering him anything he desired in return, it being his beloved Alpine hat, which he was reluctant to part with, but upon weeding out the reasons, decided it was suitable. A good story and strong ending, as Jeeves and Wooster stories tend.