Lord Emsworth is sorely tried. He has got Wellbeloved back as pig-man, but
Connie has got him, as secretary, Lavender Briggs, who irritates him. The
horrible Duke of Dunstable has invited himself to stay at the castle again.
And Connie has allowed the Church Lads Brigade to camp in the castle
grounds, squealing, throwing crusty rolls at his top-hat, making him jump
into the lake fully dressed to save a boy, who turns out to be a log of
wood. And Connie has brought Myra Schoonmaker, daughter of an American
millionaire, down to the castle as, left in her care in London, Myra has
fallen in love, and tried to elope, with a penniless curate, Rev. 'Bill'
Bailey. Connie invites the Duke's nephew, Archie Gilpin, down to keep Myra
company and help her to forget her curate.
At the opening of Parliament Lord Emsworth meets Lord Ickenham, who says he
will come and sort things out, bringing with him a young friend, Cuthbert
Meriwether, from Brazil (alias of the Rev. Bill Bailey, Myra's beloved).
Keep an eye on Lavender Briggs. She needs £500 to start her own secretarial
bureau; and blackmail comes easy to her to that end. Keep an eye on the
horrible Duke. He's out to steal the Empress and sell her to Lord Tilbury,
who has long coveted her for his farm in Bucks. The plots thicken so fast
now that at one stage Lord Emsworth, whose grandson has secretly
photographed him secretly cutting the guy-ropes of the Church Lads' tent,
and who is now held to ransom for his crime, is prepared to buy his own
thrice-medalled pig back from the Duke, his guest, for £3,000. Wellbeloved
is sacked and re-reinstated. Myra's widower father will marry widow
Constance Keeble. Bill Bailey will marry Myra. Lavender
Briggs has got her £500. Archie Gilpin, who needs £1,000 to buy into his
cousin Ricky's onion soup bar, gets that and rejoices.
All thanks to Lord Ickenham's virtuoso counter-plotting. He has spread
sweetness and light all around except to the horrible Duke.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.