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A Damsel in Distress
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First published in US: October 4 1919 by George H. Doran, New York
First published in UK: October 17 1919 by Herbert Jenkins, London
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When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress.

George traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reggie, her step-son. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out. In fact the scene is set for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.

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Characters

Lord John Marshmoreton 48 year old widower with two children. Loves gardening and is half-heartedly writing the family history.
Percy Wilbraham Marsh Lord Belpher (Boots), 21 year old son of the Earl attending Oxford
Lady Patricia Maud Marsh 20 year old daughter of the Earl who was in love with Geoffrey but falls in love with George
Lady Caroline Byng The Earl's sister and widow of Clifford Byng, wealthy colliery owner, who has Reginald, a step-son, whom she wants Maud to marry
Reginald Byng Good-natured drone who loves Alice and marries her
Keggs Butler at Belpher who runs a contest to see who marries whom
Albert Page boy at Belpher who wants to be a butcher and resists the education foisted on him by Maud
Alice Faraday Pretty and clever secretary to the Earl who finally elopes with Reggie
MacPherson Gardener at Belpher Castle
Geoffrey Raymond American nephew and secretary to millionaire Wilbur Raymond
Mac Stage doorman at the Regal Theatre
George Bevan 27 year old hero and alumnus of Harvard who loves golf and composes the music to hit musicals
Billie Dore Golden-haired, cheerful and vivacious chorus girl from Indiana who loves flowers and finally marries the Earl
Babe Sinclair American chorus girl in Bevan's musical comedy
Spencer Gray Fat young man toying with Babe's affections. Alias used by Geoffrey Raymond
Rogers Chauffeur at Belpher Castle
Mrs. Digby Housekeeper at Belpher Castle
The Reverend Cyril Ferguson Curate at Little Weeting who locks Percy in a closet
Edwin Plummer (*)
Millie Plummer (*)

Synopsis
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