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A Gentleman of Leisure (The Intrusion of Jimmy)
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US Title: The Intrusion of Jimmy
First published in US: May 11 1910 by W.J.Watt and Co., New York
UK Title: A Gentleman of Leisure
First published in UK: November 15 1910 by Alston Rivers, Ltd., London
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Russian translations

  • Lyubov' so vzlomom by I. Gurova: 2006, 2012
  • Dzhentl'men bez opredelennykh zanyatij by M. Lakhuti: 2006

Jimmy Pitt, rich, generous, popular American bachelor, has fallen in love with an unknown girl on a transatlantic liner. He bets a friend at the Strollers Club in New York that he can break into a house. Unfortunately he selects the house of Police Captain McEachern.

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Characters

Arthur Mifflin Young leading actor who went to college with Pitt. Member of the Strollers'.
Willett Musical comedy actor, member of the Strollers'
Raikes Character actor and member of the Strollers'
James Willoughby Pitt Hero who went to Yale, is expert in jewels, ex-reporter for the News, amateur boxer and road company actor. Loves Molly.
Sutton Owner of the Majestic Theater and member of the Strollers'
John McEachern A corrupt Captain of the New York City police force who is a widower with a daughter Molly
Molly McEachern Heroine daughter of John, engaged to Lord Dreever but loves Jimmy
Rastus and Tommy Molly's bulldogs
Spike Mullins Burglar from the bowery, friend, follower and valet of Jimmy's
(Spennie) Hildebrand Spencer Poynt de Burgh John Hannasyde Coombe-Crombie 12th Earl of Dreever, 24 year old Drone under the thumb of his aunt and uncle
Sir Thomas Blunt Spennie's uncle and chairman of Blunt's Stores Ltd. Millionaire afraid of his wife.
Lady Julia Blunt Sir Thomas' wife and Spennie's aunt with a forceful manner
Saunders Butler at Dreever Castle
Hargate Professional crooked billiard player and cardsharp
Charteris Playwright, organizer and director of amateur theatricals at Dreever Castle
Samuel Galer Detective sent by McEachern, posing as his friend from New York
Katie Spennie's girlfriend whom he wishes to marry.
Dixon (*)

Synopsis
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