Once more Bertie grows a moustache, and again Jeeves disapproves. But
Florence Craye thinks it's beautiful, and that infuriates Stilton
Cheesewright who is engaged to her (he is no longer a policeman). Florence
orders Stilton to grow a moustache, too. Stilton would beat Bertie up in
his jealousy, but he has drawn the Wooster ticket in the Drones Darts
Tournament sweep, and Bertie's tipped to win. Naturally Stilton does not
want to have his man throwing darts with bunged-up eyes and a twisted neck.
Florence, needing atmosphere for her next novel, gets Bertie to take her to
a low London nightclub, the Mottled Oyster. Of course it is raided by the
cops. The magistrate next morning happens to be Stilton's uncle, and
Stilton finds out. Stilton has to lie low in London while his moustache is
growing, so Bertie gratefully drives, with Jeeves, to Brinkley Court, where
Aunt Dahlia is entertaining the ghastly Trotter couple from Liverpool. She
wants L. G. Trotter to buy Milady's Boudoir for his stable of magazines.
She hopes that a week or two of Anatole's cooking will soften Trotter up to
sign for a generous price.
The ghastly Mrs Trotter is trying to get her husband knighted, so that she,
'Lady Trotter', may queen it over Mrs Alderman Blenkinsop, her rival in
Liverpool society. The Junior Ganymede Book of Revelations reveals to
Jeeves that Mr Trotter has actually been offered a knighthood, but has
turned it down, without telling his wife, because he is ashamed of his
Christian names. 'Sir Lemuel' or 'Sir Gengulphus', in knee breeches and
with a sword between the legs walking backwards, would make him the
laughing stock of the Palace, the press and his friends. And now, if he is
to buy Milady's Boudoir; Mrs Trotter insists that Anatole comes to her
kitchen in Liverpool as part of the deal.
Aunt Dahlia yells for Jeeves, who fixes everything. He spots that Mrs
Trotter's pearls are false - not the ones her husband gave her. He provides
a cosh for Aunt Dahlia to fell Spode/Sidcup, an expert, just as he is about
to spot that her pearls are false, too. Enter Daphne Dolores Morehad,
best-selling writer and very beautiful. Stilton falls for her. Florence
briefly is re-engaged to Bertie, but then changes to Percy Gorringe,
side-whiskered poet who has dramatized her novel Spindrift and writes
successful thrillers under another name. Jeeves cures L. G. Trotter's
dyspepsia with one of his miracle mixtures, and Trotter buys the Boudoir
and refuses to consider taking Anatole - all that nasty continental
cooking. Bertie calls for soap and a razor and forfeits the lip-fungus.
All very fresh and fizzy.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.