- Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
name = Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
P. G. Wodehouse
language = English
Barrie and Jenkins
release_date = October 1974
media_type = Print (
pages = 176 pp
isbn = ISBN 0214200477
"Aunts Aren't Gentlemen" is a
novelby P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the UK on October 17 1974by Barrie & Jenkins, London, and in the U.S. under the title "The Cat-nappers" on April 14 1975by Simon & Schuster, New York. It was the last novel to feature some of Wodehouse's best known characters, Bertie Woosterand his resourceful valet Jeeves, and the last novel fully completed by Wodehouse before his death.
"Aunts Aren't Gentleman" is another of the Bertie-Jeeves exploits in which
Aunt Dahliastarts horsing around and enmeshes, amongst others, Bertie, Vanessa Cook, Orlo Porter, Major Brabazon-Plank(now Major Plank), Potato Chip the horse, and The Cat That Kept Popping Up.
The story begins with Bertie finding himself with pink spots about the thorax, so he flies off to
E. Jimpson Murgatroyd(the sombre bird of Harley Streetwho despotted Tipton Plimsollin "Full Moon"). After getting mixed with Orlo Porter fleeing from a policeman and a crowd, Bertie is sentenced by the doc to a quiet life in the country.
Thus Bertie goes to Maiden Eggesford, with its two leading men, Jimmy Briscoe and Pop Cook, their respective horses, Simla and Potato Chip, and their dark rivalry. Aunt Dahlia, a friend of Jimmy Briscoe, has bet on Simla only to find that it isn't a snitch. Bertie is annoyed to see old enemy Major Plank in residence with Vanessa Cook and her Pop Cook, who takes an instant dislike to Bertie when he is found tickling a passing cat which is a favorite of his horse Potato Chip.
Things get hot when Aunt Dahlia gets a neighbourhood poacher to steal the cat in the hope to impede his horse friend, embroiling Bertie in the to-do. Meanwhile, after a rift between Vanessa and Orlo Porter, the girl decides to plight her troth to the blighted Bertie, whose Code is to never refuse a girl asking for marriage.
How Bertie is saved from the Charybdis of marrying Vanessa and being torn with bare hands by Orlo and the Scylla of being whipped by Pop Cook, without compromising his position with Aunt Dahlia, is solely due to the quick thinking of Jeeves.
* [http://wodehouse.ru/96.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with a list of characters
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