Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B: Bertram Wooster

What ho!" I said.
"What ho!" said Motty.
"What ho! What ho!"
"What ho! What ho! What ho!"
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation. 

I was introduced to Bertie Wooster years ago in high school. Superlative writing by P.G.Wodehouse.
An idle rich fellow, Bertie's main job is  to entertain his many readers with his various escapades. Aristocrat and thoroughly spoiled by his butler, but a kindly guy. Always ready to go out on a limb for his friends and family, which invariably means that he gets entangled in a thick soup and needs to be rescued by his gentleman, in return for giving up his pink ties and checked suits. More about Jeeves later.
Bertie's family comprised of a medley of characters ranging from the formidable Aunt Agatha and almost adorable Aunt Dahlia and crazy Uncle George. And he is surrounded by folks with the names like Gussy Fink-Nottle and Tuppy Glossop.
But what gets my funny bone is his story telling. He has an admirable way with words. For example, Jeeves never walked. He always staggered in, floating noiselessly or projects himself into the room. Bertram Wilberforce Wooster's breakfasts with eggs and b., his b-and-s drinks and his incomparable descriptions all makes for delectably delicious reading.

"It was a simple, healthy life, and it seemed to suit poor old Freddie absolutely. Once the moon was up and the breeze sighing in the trees, you couldn't drag him from that beach with ropes. He became quite a popular pet with the mosquitoes. They would hang round waiting for him to come out, and would give a miss to perfectly good strollers just so as to be in good condition for him."

11 comments:

  1. Hee hee hee! Absolutely loved this one! Who can forget Bertie?

    Can't wait to see who will be featured next!

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  2. Oh, my dear Sangita, what a lovely post. You made my day, dear girl. It's fabulous!! Absolutely love your write-up!

    A big hug from one Wodehouse fan to another:-)

    Keep writing
    ~B

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  3. What a fun read!
    Stopping by from A to Z to check it out. :)

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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    1. Thank you Jamie! For visiting and for commenting!

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  4. I've wanted to read Wodehouse for years and never have. Where should I start?

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    1. Oh you absolutely must! Very good, Jeeves is a good one to start but you know, when in doubt, start from the middle. :) Enjoy your PGW!

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  5. ^ What he said. Where do I start???

    And great post once again. Mosquitoes can be loyal too.

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    1. hehe! Oh they can, they can. In Minnesota (where the state bird is the mosquito) they are fiercely loyal.

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  6. Just read this aloud to my hubby who LOVES Jeeves n Wooster.
    He loved the post :)

    auntyamo
    http://ficticiousamo.wordpress.com/

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