January 17, 2004

Jeeves and Wooster Explained

Over at Brandywine Books, Phil Wade has rashly tried to convey the essence of P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie and Jeeves stories in a single post.

The only thing that saves him from a fate worse than being badly dressed is that he relies on the Master's own words.

Posted by Will Duquette at January 17, 2004 08:29 PM

Deb said:

Well, he does have a point to some extent. The plots do all tend to be similiar in set up. Of course he's totally forgeting about the wonderful jokes and puns. And the girls, especially the one who thinks that the stars are God's daisy chain.

Phil said:

Rashly is probably the right word for my post, and I did think that my quotes weren't funny enough in general, on the whole as it were. I mean, when you step back for a broad stare at the thing, you see that it isn't all there, don't you know?

I was a bit hasty, trifle rash you might say in a moment of candor, when I posted this. I thought I should include something about Sir Roderic Glossip or escaping from his aunt's cottage by the drainage pipe or something about the women, like you said--and wisely so, I might add, spot on, right ho, what?--but in the end, I didn't.

Perhaps, I should have consulted Jeeves.