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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:09 AM   #31
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Re: Wodehouse, Bertie Changes His Mind


I could swear I'd seen a link to Clarence Chugwater story here... seems Bertie's not the only one who changed his mind!

Great introduction, Cicero. And thanks for posting other stuff related to Wodehouse too. I loved the quotes, by the way. Especially this one: Marriage isn't a process of prolonging the life of love, but of mummifying the corpse.

I used to have a Wodehouse omnibus, some of the stories had me in splits. From this distance I don't remember a lot but one of them had a priest in it, it was probably the best of the bunch.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:13 AM   #32
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Speaking of naive. Can you imagine this story passing a modern editor's indigination where early in the story they stop the car to pick up a 12 year old school girl? And a stranger to boot. Maybe the times back then weren't really so innocent but is was a comfortable fiction for us to believe it was.
Maybe not but we are definitely more prone to reading between the lines today, if you get me. And not just regards children either. You could have two very good friends of the same sex living together without anyone doubting their sexuality in previous times. We can't always do that now. Not that anyone's sexuality is any of our business, I'm just giving an example.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 12:23 PM   #33

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I could swear I'd seen a link to Clarence Chugwater story here... seems Bertie's not the only one who changed his mind!
You did indeed! We had a small case of 'Cicero changes his mind'! Both are good stories.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #34

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You did indeed! We had a small case of 'Cicero changes his mind'! Both are good stories.
Yep, Cicero did change his mind. I initially selected Swoosh, How Clarence Saved England as it was a satirical piece about the unperparedness of Britian for war written in 1909, anticipating the Great War by just a few years. It is great satire, but an early work and not really representative of the clever word choice and complex stories that were more characteristic of P.G.'s more popular and later works. The more that I read of P. G. the more convinced that if Swoosh was the only Wodehouse that one read, as might be the case with this forum, there would be an incomplete appreciation of his gift of humor and his characteristic style which isn't really displayed in Swoosh.

I really did want to find a good Jeeves and Wooster story for us to read. Most of his later works, remember that he actively wrote till the 70's aren't on the internet in free form. I found a single example of one that I really liked, Beertie Changes His Mind on a website from Dubai. I had read the original from a book that I have and only later discovered that the Dubai text is an edited version. The story and most of the humor are there but there are smally humorous details left out of that version.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #35

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I suppose I've read pretty much everything Wodehouse wrote, and I prefer Marlowe: he had a more ridiculous society to work on.
That cracked me up! Worthy of Wodehouse at his best
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That cracked me up! Worthy of Wodehouse at his best
Thank you, Paulinus-Sir. We aim to please.
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Old November 19th, 2010, 09:43 AM   #37

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I accidentally discovered this quote about P. G. Wodehouse while reading about Douglas Adams, another personal favorite author who writes humorous stories. Adams, an ardent admirer of Wodenhouse's work was chossen to write the preface to Sunset at Blandings, posthumously published from Wodehouse's notes for this unfinished last novel.


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Master? Great genius? Oh yes. One of the most blissful
joys of the English language is the fact that one of its greatest practitioners ever, one of the guys on the very top table of all, was a jokesmith. Though maybe it shouldn’t be that big a surprise. Who else would be up there? Austen, of course, Dickens and Chaucer. The only one who couldn’t make a joke to save
his life would be Shakespeare.
Maybe it’s because our greatest writing genius was incapable of being funny that we have decided that being funny doesn’t count. Which is tough on Wodehouse (as if he could have cared less) because his entire genius was for being funny, and being funny in such a sublime way as to put mere poetry in the shade. The precision with which he plays upon every aspect of a word’s character simultaneously—its meaning, timbre, rhythm, the range of its idiomatic connections and flavours, would make Keats whistle. Keats would have been proud to have written “the smile vanished from his face like breath off a razor-blade,” or of Honoria Glossop’s laugh that it sounded like “cavalry on a tin bridge.” Speaking of which, Shakespeare, when he wrote “A man may smile, and smile and be a villain” might have been at least as impressed by “Many a man may look respectable, and yet be able to hide at will behind a
spiral staircase.” What Wodehouse writes is pure word music. It matters not one whit that he writes endless variations on a theme of pig kidnappings, lofty
butlers, and ludicrous impostures. He is the greatest musician of the English language, and exploring variations of familiar material is what musicians do all
day. In fact, what it’s about seems to me to be wonderfully irrelevant. Beauty doesn’t have to be about anything.


From the Introduction to Sunset at
Blandings (Penguin Books)


http://www.nautilus-solar.net/SandyG...of%20Doubt.pdf
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Old January 17th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #38
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One of my favourite Wodehouse lines:

Lady Glossop: "One of my most treasured memories is of Irving playing Hamlet at the Lyceum"
Bertie: "Really? Who won?"
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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:25 PM   #39

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One of my favourite Wodehouse quotes is the opening sentence from The Luck of the Bodkins:

Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:27 PM   #40

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Wodehouse is the best! Come to think of it, that's just what I need to break me out of my winter funk. Time to read some Wodehouse!
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