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First published in UK: March 16 1934 by Herbert Jenkins, London|
First published in US: April 23 1934 by Little, Brown and Co., Boston
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Jeeves defects to the other side.
Due to the unrepentant playing of his banjolele, Jeeves and Bertie part
company, the former finding employment with Bertie's old mate Chuffy.
Chuffy and Pauline Stoker (previously engaged to the Wooster chap) have
fallen in love, but Chuffy is reluctant to pop the question. So when Bertie
and Jeeves cook up a plot to smooth out the course of true love, old
entanglements look set to rear their heads...
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Bertie Wooster Went to Eton and Oxford with Chuffy and
had an Uncle Henry who loved pigs. Dissention with Jeeves
over Bertie's playing the Banjolele.
Jeeves Leaves Bertie's employ to work for Chuffy. Leaves
Chuffy to go temporarily to Stoker's and then back to Bertie.
J. Washburn Stoker American millionaire who inherited fifty
million dollars from his cousin George. Talked into buying
Chuffnell Hall for Glossop.
Pauline Stoker Bertie's ex-fiancee. Stoker's daughter who is in
love with Chuffy. Dynamic girl.
Sir Roderick Glossop Nerve specialist who is engaged to Aunt Myrtle
(Chuffy) Marmaduke, Lord Chuffnell Bertie's school chum and 5th Baron
Ben Bloom Leader at the Alhambra of his Sixteen Baltimore Buddies
Mrs. Tinkler-Moulke A patient of Glossop's who owns a
Pomeranian and lives in a flat beneath Bertie's
Lady Myrtle Chuffnell Chuffy's aunt and Seabury's mother
who loves Glossop
Seabury Aunt Myrtle's 12 year old son
Ted Voules Police-Sergeant at Chuffnell Regis who plays the harmonium
Brinkley Bertie's new valet at Chuffnell Regis who is a Bolshevik
Dwight Stoker Washburn's young son
Benstead Jeeves' friend who was valet to the late multimillionaire,
Constable Dobson Voules' nephew and policeman at Chuffnell Regis
Lieutenant-Colonel J.J. Bustard (*)
Mr. Manglehoffer (*)
Freddy Oaker (*)
Mrs. Perkins (*)
Lord Wotwotleigh (*)
This, the first full-length Bertie/Jeeves novel, starts with a clash of
wills about Bertie's banjolele, and Jeeves gives notice. The banjolele has
produced complaints from the neigh»bours in Berkeley Mansions, so Bertie
proposes to take a country cottage somewhere and devote himself to
mastering the instrument. His friend Lord Chuffnell (Chuffy) has a large
country house (which he would like to sell) near the sea and lots of
cottages. He rents one to Bertie (with his new 'man', Brinkley) and snaps
Jeeves up as his own 'personal gentie-man'. At Chuffnell Regis there
arrives off-shore a large yacht containing American J. Washburn Stoker,
multi-millionaire, his beautiful daughter, Pauline (to whom Bertie was
once, in New York, engaged; but Sir Roderick Glossop had easily convinced
the girl's father that Bertie was a near-loony) and his young son, Dwight.
Chuffy thinks Stoker may buy the house to be a clinic for Sir Roderick's
patients. Chuffy and Pauline fall in love, but Chuffy, 'penniless', cannot,
by the code, speak his love to heiress Pauline - to her fury. Chuffy's aunt
lives at the Dower House near the hall. Sir Roderick is courting her.
Pauline's father thinks Pauline is still pining for Bertie and he tries to
keep her on board the yacht. In order to see Chuffy she swims from the
yacht at night and arrives at Bertie's cottage (Bertie and Brinkley are
both out) and gets into Bertie's pyjamas and his bed. Chuffy discovers her
and there is a great quarrel between them. Pauline's father, thinldng that
Bertie has done her wrong, decides that they must marry quickly. He kidnaps
Bertie on to the yacht. There is a birthday party for Dwight on board, with
minstrels. Jeeves does heroic work as a treble-agent, to release Bertie
from the yacht, blacked up as a mintrel, to bring Chuffy and Pauline
together and to quench Pauline's domineering father. At one stage both
Bertie and Sir Roderick are going round with blacked-up faces and unable to
find butter or petrol to clean up with. Brinkley sets fire to Bertie's
cottae. The banjolele dies with it. Jeeves agrees to come back to Bertie if
he gives the instrument up for lost for ever. (We shall meet Brinkley, the
communist valet, again in Much Obliged, Jeeves. There he becomes Rupert
Bingley, a sort of propertied squire in Market Snodsbury.) Bertie sacks
Brinkley. It looks as though Sir Roderick and Myrtle, Lady Chuffnell are
going to marry and Chuffnell Hall will become a clinic after all.
Two nice, silly policemen - Sergeant Voules and his nephew Constable Dobson - also appear.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.