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First published in UK: April 7 1932 by Methuen & Co, London|
A short novel taken from Wodehouse's play Good Morning, Bill.
The arrival of a golf-ball on green at the eighteenth hole at Bingley-on-Sea after only two strokes sets in motion a train of events to cast men everywhere
into despondency. For the striker of the ball is Dr Sally Smith, a girl who is not only a woman doctor but
beautiful into the bargain/ The disease of love in its most virulent strain attacks Bill Bannister; confusion sets
in everywhere, and only a prescription of Wodehousian wit and humour can save the situation.
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Sir Hugo Drake — Eminent nerve specialist. Bill's uncle and a golf addict.
Dr. Sally Smith — Small, pretty general practitioner. American who loves golf and likes those who work.
William Bannister — Drake's nephew who owns a stock and dairy farm in Hampshire. Falls in love with Sally.
Marie — Mrs. Higginbotham's maid
Lottie Higginbotham — Widow of a millionaire. Formerly married to Squiffy.
(Squiffy Bixby) Lord Tidmouth — Old school chum of Bill's
This is a novel made from the play 'Good Morning, Bill', adapted by
Wodehouse from the Hungarian. Doctor Sally Smith is an American apparently
practising in London, with hospital rounds too. Small, pretty and with
handicap 6 at golf. She doesn't realise till the end that Bill Bannister,
who has fallen for her in a big way from the first moment, works hard at
his farming in Woollam Chersey. When she discovers that he does, she is
able to respect him and to respond to his love. She will now be an American
country gentlewoman in England, who plays very good golf and practises
medicine on the side.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.
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