|Ring For Jeeves (The Return of Jeeves)
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UK Title: Ring For Jeeves|
First published in UK: April 22 1953 by Herbert Jenkins, London
US Title: The Return of Jeeves
First published in US: April 15 1954 by Simon & Schuster, New York
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Dash it all! It's open season on cheaters and Captain Biggar is loading his rifle to shoot one.
The ninth Earl of Rowcester, also known as Bill, has a certain Jeeves
temporarily in his employment. At the racetrack Bill, posing as a bookie,
has run off with Captain Biggar's generous winnings and retreated to
Rowcester Abbey. There he encounters his old amour, the very rich and
beautiful Mrs Spottsworth, who is considering buying the property. She is
hotfoot from a chance encounter with Captain Biggar and romance is in the
air... Time to ring for Jeeves.
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Rosalinda Banks Bessemer Spottsworth — Wealthy American
widow interested in psychical research. Wants to buy Bill's
home and is in love with Capt. Biggar.
Captain Cuthbert Gervase Brabazon-Biggar — White hunter who
loves Rosalinda, steals her necklace and returns it. Won a
large amount of money from Bill disguised as a bookie who
can't pay off.
Pomona — Mrs. Spottsworth's Pekinese
(Bill) William Egerton Bamfylde Ossingham Belfry, 9th Earl of Rowcester —
Poor but amiable peer who is engaged to Jill. Has a bookie business under
the name of Honest Patch Perkins.
(Moke) Lady Monica Carmoyle — Bill's sister and Sir Roderick's wife
(Rory) Sir Roderick Carmoyle — Floorwalker at Harrige's. A
jolly humbler who managed to say the wrong things.
Jill Wyvern — Small, pretty, practical girl engaged to Bill. She is
the local veterinarian and daughter of the Chief Constable of
the county. Jealous of Mrs. Spottsworth and doesn't want
Bill to play the horses.
Ellen Tallulah French — Bill's housemaid
Jeeves — Bill's butler whilst Bertie is attending a school to learn
the domestic sciences. Also acts as Bill's turfing clerk.
Mike - Bill's Irish Terrier
Colonel Aubrey Wyvern — Chief Constable of Southmoltonshire
and Jill's short and stout father
Bulstrode — Col. Wyvern's 16 year old tall and skinny butler
Evangeline Trelawny — Col. Wyvern's 15 year old cook
Mrs. Mary Jane Piggott — Bill's superb cook
Clifton Bessemer (*)
Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps (*)
Major "Tubby" Frobisher (*)
Beau Sycamore (*)
Pongo Twistleton (*)
Percy Wellbeloved (*)
Freddie Widgeon (*)
Sir Oscar Wopple (*)
Guy Bolton 'borrowed' Jeeves from Wodehouse for a play. He is now a butler
who helps his master, 9th Earl of Rowcester, make the money he badly needs
for white elephant, leaky, 147-room stately home, Rowcester Abbey. They set
up as bookies - Honest Patch Perkins (Lord Rowcester disguised) and his
clerk (Jeeves disguised). This is a novel shaped out of a play. And Bertie
Wooster is explained away as having gone off to a post-war school that
teaches the aristocracy to fend for itself 'in case the social revolution
sets in with even greater severity'.
The bookie firm is in trouble and has to welsh over a flukey double pulled
off (£3,005 2s 6d) by Captain Biggar, white hunter, in love with Mrs Rosie
Spottsworth, widow of two multi-millionaire Americans. (But she is nice.
She had written vers libre in Greenwich Village before she started marrying
millionaires.) Biggar's code says 'A poor man mustn't make advances to a
rich lady' but he ends up satisfactorily engaged to marry Rosie.
Bill (9th Earl) Rowcester will marry small, pretty Jill Wyvern, freckled,
local vet, ex-hockey outside right. Her father is Chief Constable of
Southmoltonshire. Bill sells the Abbey to Mrs Spottsworth who, not liking
its dampness, will have it transported brick by brick and rebuilt in
California, to dry out at last.
There is something badly wrong, in print anyway, about Jeeves as a butler,
in disguise, acting as a bookie's clerk and hamming it up. He overdoes the
quotation thing ... Pliny the Younger, The Psalms, Whittier, Kipling, Omar,
Tennyson, Shakespeare (eighteen times), Maugham, Marcus Aurelius, Milton,
Byron, Congreve and (slightly inaccurately) Montrose. Languages: 'fons et
origo mali', 'ne quid nimis', 'rem acu tetigisti', 'retiarius'. And French
'faute de mieux'. It is odd that this should ring so false. But it does.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.