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UK Title: Right Ho, Jeeves|
First published in UK: October 5 1934 by Herbert Jenkins, London
US Title: Brinkley Manor
First published in US: October 15 1934 by Little, Brown & Co., Boston
Has Jeeves finally lost his grip?
When Jeeves suggests dreamy, soulful Gussie Fink-Nottle don scarlet tights
and a false beard in his bid to capture the affections of soppy Madeline
Bassett, Wooster decides matters have definitely got out of hand.
Especially when it comes to a disagreement over a certain white mess jacket
with brass buttons. Taking Jeeves off the case, he embarks on a little plan
of his own to bring Madeline and Gussie together. But when things go
disastrously wrong who can Bertie turn to in his hour of need but Jeeves?
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Bertie Wooster — Gussie's school chum
Jeeves — Formerly in the employ of the late Lord Brancaster.
Disapproves of Bertie's white mess jacket.
Dahlia Travers — Bertie's kind, bluff and hearty aunt who
married Tom Travers. Has daughter Angela and runs the
weekly woman's magazine, Milady's Boudoir.
Angela Travers — Bertie's cousin engaged, more or less, to Tuppy
(Tuppy) Hildebrand Glossop — Honoria's cousin who loves
food. Engaged to Angela and who once bet Bertie that he
couldn't swing across the swimming bath at the Drones by
the rings. As Bertie attempted this feat, Tuppy brought the
last ring back, forcing Bertie to drop into the bath with his
Tom Travers — Dahlia's millionaire husband
(Gussie) Augustus Fink-Nottle — Shy school chum of Bertie's
who lives in a small village in Lincolnshire where he studies
Newts. Loves and finally gets engaged to Madeline.
Madeline Bassett — Blonde, dreamy girl with a strong profile
who loves Gussie but, in a fit of pique, gets engaged to Bertie.
Finally she gets together with Gussie.
Anatole — Aunt Dahlia's incomparable French chef
Seppings — Butler at Brinkley Court
Waterbury — Chauffeur at Brinkley Court
Sir Wilfred Bosher (*)
G. Bullett (*)
P.K. Purvis (*)
G.G. Simmons (*)
Hilda Stretchley-Budd (*)
Jeeves disapproves of the white evening mess jacket that Bertie has brought
back from Cannes. Bertie disapproves of all his friends taking their
troubles direct to Jeeves, bypassing him. Newtdoving teetotaller Gussie
Fink-Nottle is in love with soupy Madeline Bassett and fears to speak.
Tuppy Glossop has quarrelled with his fiancée Angela Travers. Aunt Dahlia
has lost, at baccarat, money that Uncle Tom gave her to pay the bills of
her magazine, Milady's Boudoir. And she has to find someone to give the
prizes at Market Snodsbury Grammar School of which she is a governor.
Bertie, funking it himself, persuades her to make Gussie do the
prize-giving, and he and Jeeves lace Gussie's orange juice with gin, and
more gin, to get his courage up. The prize-giving is a riot, probably the
best-sustained and most anthologized two chapters of Wodehouse. Bertie's
attempt to tell Madeline of Gussie's love for her convinces her that he is
pleading his own cause. Bertie's recommendation to Gussie, Tuppy and Aunt
Dahlia to seek sympathy from their loved ones by going off their feed,
causes Anatole to give notice. Bertie's idea of ringing the fire-alarm bell
at Brinkley (in order to get Tuppy to rescue Angela and thus show his love)
results in the whole household being locked out in the small hours and
Bertie's having to bicycle eighteen miles without lights to get the key.
Not Bertie's finest hours, these. But Jeeves solves all the problems in his
own ways and Bertie forfeits the mess jacket.
You can feel a three-act plot and pattern here similar to that of Thank
Tou, Jeeves. Wodehouse, knowing he's got it right, will do it again and
again, with only minor variations of names, places and time, in the five or
six subsequent Bertie/Jeeves novels. It's vintage Wodehouse. What bounty!
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.