Like Jill the Reckless, an Anglo-American novel largely about the theatre.
American Sally Nicholas has inherited $25,000. She is engaged to a very
good-looking English unsuccessful artist, who is a would-be playwright too,
Jerry Foster. Her brother Fillmore has also inherited, but his new money
makes him fat and pompous. Sally is forgiving of his faults and
foolishnesses and encourages the good-hearted and simple Gladys Winch, show
girl, to marry Fillmore and look after him. Jerry, like almost all
good-looking young men in Wodehouse, is a heel. He married, behind Sally's
back, a girl friend of Sally's who has become a rising star in the theatre.
The marriage is headed for failure, and Jerry for the bottle. Sally, a game
little friend of all the world, has Ginger Kemp as a constant adorer.
Ginger is English. He was doing well at Oxford - boxing and rugger blues -
when his father 'failed' in business and Ginger had to go and work for his
uncle. That was a failure; then schoolmastering, also failure. He meets
Sally on the beach at Roville, and stops a dog-fight and asks her to marry
him. He follows her to America, and does eventually marry her, when she has
lost her money. They set up, happily, a sort of dog-farm which is enjoyable
and is going to be successful. Sally rumples Ginger's hair, a sure sign of
connubial love and contentment in Wodehouse.
A jerky, choppy book. Mrs Meecher's lodging house in New York is
Dickensian. Several short story themes are tied up untidily together, and
there is a scrambling of loose ends to finish up.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.