- Thank You, Jeeves
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Thank You, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
language = English
16 March 1934
"Thank You, Jeeves" is a
Jeeves novelby P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the U.K. on March 16 1934by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United Stateson April 231934 by Little, Brown and Company, New York. The story had previously been serialised, in the Strand Magazinein the UK from August 1933to February 1934, and in the U.S. in Cosmopolitan from January to June 1934; it would later appear in the American "Family Herald & Evening Star", between March 24and August 11, 1937
After a falling out concerning Bertie's relentless playing of the
banjolele, Jeeves leaves Bertie's service and finds work with Bertie's old friend, Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, of Chuffnell Hall, Chuffnell Regis, Dorset. He is replaced by Brinkley, a most unsatisfactory valet(who is referred to as "Bingley" in some later books), and together they travel to one of Chuffy's rental properties in Dorset, the remote location of the cottage allowing Bertie to continue practicing the banjolele without complaints from his neighbors.
Chuffy, whose high rank is only matched by his low financial status, hopes to sell his dilapidated family manor to raise cash, and enlists Jeeves' help in persuading visiting American millionaire
J. Washburn Stokerto stump up the cash, funding a scheme to turn the place into mental hospital run by the pre-eminent "nerve specialist" Sir Roderick Glossop, who is planning to marry Chuffy's aunt. Stoker's daughter, the beautiful Pauline, is not only a former fiancee of Bertie, but has quickly become the object of Chuffy's finance-impaired affections. Stoker himself, meanwhile, covets the talents of valet extraordinaire Jeeves.
Of course all kinds of confusion ensues, including the fiery destruction of Bertie's cottage and banjolele, but fortunately Jeeves' enormous brain enables him to unravel everything satisfactorily as the story ends: the home is sold, the two couples are headed to the altar, and Jeeves has re-entered Bertie's grateful employ.
"Thank You, Jeeves!" is also the name of of theatrical film from 1936, starring
David Nivenand directed by Arthur Greville Collins.
In the 1990s adaptation of the story for the television series "
Jeeves and Wooster" starring Hugh Laurieand Stephen Fry, the banjolelewas replaced by a trombone.
* [http://wodehouse.ru/51.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with a list of characters
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