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Reginald Jeeves, Bertie Wooster's manservant in Jeeves Takes Charge (his first appearance), Artistic Career of Corky, Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest (1), The Aunt and the Sluggard (1), Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg (1), The Purity of the Turf, Bertie Changes His Mind, The Great Sermon Handicap, The Metropolitan Touch, The Inimitable Jeeves, The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy, Without the Option, Clustering Round Young Bingo, Fixing It for Freddie, Jeeves and the Impending Doom, The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy, Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit, Jeeves and the Song of Songs, Episode of the Dog McIntosh, The Spot of Art, The Love That Purifies, Jeeves and the Old School Chum, Indian Summer of an Uncle, The Ordeal of Young Tuppy, Jeeves and the Kid Clementina, Thank You, Jeeves, Right Ho, Jeeves, The Code of the Woosters, Joy in the Morning, The Mating Season, Ring For Jeeves, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Jeeves Makes an Omelet, Jeeves in the Offing, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, Jeeves and the Greasy Bird, Much Obliged, Jeeves, and Aunts Aren't Gentlemen. Tall and dark and impressive, like one of the better class ambassadors or the youngish High Priest of some refined and delicate religion. His eyes gleam with the light of intelligence, and his finely chiseled face expresses a feudal desire to be of service. Opens conversations with a gentle cough that sounds like a very old sheep clearing its throat on a misty mountain top. Has many relatives: an uncle Charlie Silversmith who butties at Deverill Hall for Esmond Haddock, a cousin Queenie, daughter of his uncle Charlie Silversmith, and several aunts, most of whom are notable for some mania. One was a martyr to swollen limbs until cured by Walkinshaw's Supreme Ointment; her mania, after sending in an unsolicited testimonial, was for seeing her picture in the daily papers in Walkinshaw's advertisements. Another aunt owns an almost complete set of Rosie M. Banks novels; another has a passion for riding in taxicabs. Three are known to History by name: Emily was interested in psychic research; Annie was disliked by all members of her family, and the third is Mrs. P.B. Pigott of Maiden Eggesford, Somerset. Other kinfolk: a cousin George, an uncle Cyril, a niece named Mabel to whom Biffy Biffen is engaged in The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy, a cousin Egbert, a constable who lives in Beckley-on-the-Moor, and another cousin who passed on to him the knowledge of an expert jeweller. In Jeeves in the Springtime (Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum/No Wedding Bells for Bingo) he has an "understanding" with Mortimer Little's gourmet cook Jane Watson which she breaks off to marry her employer, and another "understanding" with a waitress named Mabel. Privately educated, with an encyclopedic knowledge, particularly of literary quotations. Has a fondness for Spinoza, but considers Nietzsche fundamentally unsound. First employed as a page-boy in a school for young girls. Admits in Ring For Jeeves to having dabbled in the First World War to a certain extent. Formerly employed by Lord Worplesdon, left because his employer dined in dress trousers, flannel shirt, and shooting coat. Other earlier employers include Digby Thistleton, the late Lord Brancaster, who owned a parrot to which he was greatly devoted, Lord Frederick Ranelagh, and a financier named Montague-Todd. Briefly employed as manservant to W.E.O. Belfry in Ring For Jeeves while Bertie attends a self-sufficiency school. Has a falling-out with Bertie in Thank You, Jeeves because of the latter's brief passion for the banjolele; enters service of Chuffy Chuffnell but resigns to rejoin Bertie because it is not his policy to serve in the household of a married gentleman. Serves briefly for Pop Stoker, and for Gussie Fink-Nottle in The Mating Season when Gussie impersonates Bertie. A member of the Junior Ganymede, a club for butlers and gentlemen's personal gentlemen on Curzon Street whose Rule 11 requires members to keep a record at the club of their employers' personal oddities and peccadilloes. Jeeves' calling is to oversee the habit of Bertie and to extricate him and his a intimates from all sorts of personal embarrassment, a task for which his large brain (encased in a size 14 cerebellum) and alleged diet of fish render him eminently fit. Specializes in solutions based upon the psychology of the individual. Remarkable for his quiet entrances: he doesn't seem to have any feet at all. He just streams in. Describes Bertie to Pauline Stoker in Thank You, Jeeves as "mentally somewhat negligible," and to a temporary understudy in Aunt Agatha Takes the Count (Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind/Pearls Mean Tears) as "mentally quite negligible." There is a keen sporting streak in Jeeves, and he is fond of fishing. Every year he downs tools about the beginning of July and goes off to Bognor Regis for the shrimping. On the origin of the name, PGW writes "I was watching a county match on the Cheltenham ground before the first war, and one of the Gloucestershire bowlers was called Jeeves. I suppose the name stuck in my mind, and I named Jeeves after him." -letter to a Mr. Simmons, 10/20/60. Percy Jeeves, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Jeeves of Manuel St., Goole, died at the Battle of the Somme at the age of 28 on 8/4/16, the same year the first Jeeves story appeared.

Source: Daniel H. Garrison. Who's Who in Wodehouse
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