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First published in US: August 22 1946 by Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York|
First published in UK: June 2 1947 by Herbert Jenkins, London
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The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror creeps up on Bertie.
Determined though he is not to go to rural Steeple Bumpleigh where his
fearsome Aunt Agatha and her husband Percy live, Bertie is persuaded (by
Jeeves in his inimitable fashion) to visit his uncle and get him out of a
sticky pickle. There he bumps into Stilton Cheesewright who is engaged to
the imposing Florence, an old flame of Bertie's. Stilton, a police
constable, thinks Bertie a snake in the grass and is deeply suspicious of
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Bertie Wooster — Formerly engaged to Florence, he finds himself so situated again for awhile
Agatha Worplesdon — Bertie's nasty aunt and wife of Lord Worplesdon. Has
son Thomas by a previous marriage.
Percival, Lord Worplesdon — Agatha's second husband and shipping magnate
Florence Craye — Lord Worplesdon's intellectual daughter with.,
a strongly beautiful profile who is engaged to Stilton
Edwin Craye — Lord Worplesdon's young son who is a boy scout
(Boko) George Webster Fittleworth — Bertie's bosom pal who
writes fiction and plays. Secretly engaged to Nobby.
(Nobby) Zenobia Hopwood — Lord Worplesdon's ward and Bertie's friend
(Stilton) G. D'arcy Cheesewright — Went to Eton and Oxford
with Bertie, is now a Police Constable in Steeple Bumpleigh.
Jealous suitor engaged to Florence.
J. Chichester Clam — Managing Director of the Clam Line
trying to merge with the Pink Funnel Line
Maple — Lord Worplesdon's butler
Cohen brothers (*)
Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps (*)
Freddie Widgeon (*)
Bertie's friend Boko Fittleworth, the popular writer, had been engaged to
Florence Craye, as had Bertie in his day. Now Boko wants to marry Nobby
Hopwood. Florence being his daughter and Nobby his ward, Lord Worplesdon
objects to Boko as a flitter-and-sipper, half dotty and financially
unsound, and won't give his OK to Nobby's marrying him. Lord Worplesdon is
on the edge of a big shipping deal with American Mr Clam and wants a
private place in which to meet him for final talks. On Jeeves's advice Lord
Worplesdon provides a cottage on his Steeple Bumpleigh estate for Bertie.
It is here that Clam is to nest for the secret pourparlers. Boko has a
cottage nearby and Stilton Cheesewright is the local policeman, and now
engaged to Florence. Edwin the Boy Scout, trying to catch up on his good
deeds, burns Bertie's cottage to the ground. Lucidly Bertie's Aunt Agatha,
now Lady Worplesdon, is away, ministering to young Thos at prep school: he
Stilton is furious with jealousy when he hears that Florence was once
engaged to Bertie. Boko locks Clam in the potting shed thinking him to be a
burglar. There is a fancy dress dance at a neighbouring village. Lord
Worplesdon goes as Sinbad the Sailor, with ginger whiskers, Clam goes as
Edward the Confessor, Bertie goes in a policeman's outfit pinched by Jeeves
from the river bank where Stilton is bathing. Boko, not knowing that Lord
Worplesdon is asleep, tight, at the back of his car, locks him in the
garage overnight. But Jeeves organizes forgiveness and some happy endings.
Boko and Nobby are off to Hollywood with Lord Worplesdon's hard-won
blessing. Jeeves rescues Bertie from his second (but by no means last)
engagement to the dread Florence. Lord Worplesdon, his business deal
completed at great profit, is relieved that his wife has been away and may
never hear of the dire doings of the last forty-eight hours.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.