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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Best Of Wodehouse

The books of P.G. Wodehouse have been among my favourites from an early age. I heartily recommend to any voluptuaries of the English language. In this article here, Stephen Fry gives a better account than I have time to. If you are interested my favourite stories were centred on Jeeves and Wooster, and Lord Emsworth. I will simply offer a selection of my favourite lines from Wodehouse works. If you enjoy them you can search for your own here.
  • The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotton to say 'When'!
  • He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.
  • Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city's reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.
  • She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season
  • The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of the butterflies in the adjoining meadows. 
  • Musical comedy is the Irish stew of drama. Anything may be put into it, with the certainty that it will improve the general effect. 
  • He was standing on his left leg. With a sudden change of policy, he now shifted and stood on his right
  • The cloud was passing from what, for want of a better word, must be called Lord Emsworth's mind.
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