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First published in UK: October 18 1907 by Cassel and Company, London|
This partly autobiographical novel is of Wodehouse's early journalistic life as shared
with Herbert Westbrook, who collaborated.
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Margaret Goodwin — Engaged to Cloyster
James Orlebar Cloyster — Journalist
Ponto — Margaret's dog
Gunton-Cresswell — Margaret and Cloyster's friend
Mrs. Driver — Cloyster's first landlady
David Ossian Macrae — Cloyster's tutor at St. Gabriel's, Cambridge
Charles Fermin — Columnist on The Orb
Gresham — Writer on The Orb
Stanley Briggs — Musical comedy actor-manager
Julian Eversleigh — Advertising writer and Cloyster's friend
Vancott — Baker who is Eversleigh's landlord in Rupert St.
Malim — Sir George Grant's secretary in the Foreign Office
Kit Malim — Malim's wife
Tom Blake — Kit's brother who skippers a barge. Ghost of
Cloyster's serious verse.
The Rev. John Hatten — Runs a boy's club in Lambeth, Ghost
of Cloyster's fiction.
Sidney Price — Works for the Moon Assurance Company. Ghost
of society stuff.
George Chandos — Pseudonym Cloyster wanted to use
Norah Perkins — Sid's girl friend
Ada Blake — Tom's wife
Nuppie and Albert — Blake's young helpers aboard the barges
Eva Eversleigh — Julian's cousin whom he marries
Fane — Columnist of the "People and Things" in The Orb
Richard Belsey — Briggs' valet
Mr. Michael (*)
A very poor novel, written in collaboration with Herbert Westbrook, who was
more than half in Wodehouse's mind for the character of Ukridge, in Love
Among the Chickens and many later and more expert short stories. James
Orlebar Cloyster is engaged to Margaret Goodwin in Guernsey, and the
arrangement is that she shall join him and they'll get married as soon as
Cloyster has made a position for himself in London as a writer. Later tries
to conceal his successes so that Margaret won't hear of them and demand
marriage. Later still they do marry - or rather, they are left, apparently
happy, on the brink of marriage.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.
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