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Uncle Fred in the Springtime
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First published in US: August 18 1939 by Doubleday Doran, Garden City, New York
First published in UK: August 25 1939 by Herbert Jenkins, London

Russian translations

  • Dyadya Fred v vesennee vremya by N. Trauberg: 1997, 1999, 2000
  • Dyadya Fred vesennej poproj by N. Trauberg: 2004, 2012
  • Dyadyushka Fred v vesennee vremya by M. Gilinskij: 1999

Pongo Twistleton is in a state of financial embarrassment and it's not for the first time. Uncle Fred, meanwhile, has been asked by Lord Emsworth of Blandings to foil a plot to relieve him of the Empress, his much-adored prize pig.

Along with Polly Pott (daughter of dear old Mustard), they form a deputation to Blandings Castle, a party of innocent imposters bent on doing 'a bit of good to two loving hearts'. For Uncle Fred himself admits, 'there are no limits, literally none, to what I can accomplish in the springtime'.

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Characters

Pongo Twistleton Uncle Fred's nephew reading for the bar
Horace Pendlebury-Davenport Pongo's tall and rich friend engaged to Valerie
Webster Horace's valet
Alaric, The Duke of Dunstable Horace's wealthy and eccentric uncle. Has a nasty temper and thinks everyone is crazy.
(Uncle Fred) Frederick Altamount Cornwallis Twistleton, 5th Earl of Ickenham Pongo's uncle who married an American named Jane. Tall, slim and distinguished who is a friend of Gaily's.
Valerie Twistleton Pongo's tall sister engaged to Horace
(Mustard) Claude Pott Short and fat private detective of 50 who had been a silver ring bookie. Uncle Fred set him up in business. Loves to play Persian Monarchs.
Rupert Baxter Secretary to the Duke of Dunstable
(Ricky) Alaric Gilpin Horace's redheaded muscular cousin who is a poet engaged to Polly. He wants to buy into an onion soup bar. His late father William was a friend of Uncle Fred's.
Polly Pott Mustard's pretty 21 year old daughter who taught Horace to dance. Small girl engaged to Ricky.
Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth Wants to protect the Empress
George, Lord Bosham Lord Emsworth's elder son who lives in Hampshire
Empress of Blandings Twice winner of the silver medal of the Shropshire Agricultural Show
Sir Roderick Glossop Nerve specialist whom Lord Emsworth knew as a boy named Pimples
Jane, Countess of Ickenham Uncle Fred's dominating wife
George Budd Bookie to whom Pongo owes two hundred pounds
Coggs Lord Ickenham's butler
Bates The hall porter at the Drones Club
Ed. Robinson Cab driver for Market Blandings
G. Ovens Proprietor of the Emsworth Arms
Charles and Henry Footmen at Blandings
Cecily Lord Bosham's wife
Beach (*)
Erb (*)
Lady Constance Keeble (*)
Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright (*)
Oofy Prosser (*)
Freddie Threepwood (*)

Synopsis
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