However, Brinkley is occupying the Dower House. Sir Roderick goes to Bertie's garage to find petrol, which he says can remove boot polish; Bertie, wishing to avoid Sergeant Voules, does not join him.
Berte sleeps in a summer-house. In the morning, Bertie meets with Jeeves in Chuffy's office. Pauline appears, and Bertie reveals himself suddenly to her. Startled, Pauline shrieks, bringing Chuffy running to her. The couple reconciles. After Mr Stoker returns from a run-in with Brinkley, Jeeves delivers a cable saying that Mr Stoker's relatives are contesting the will of his late uncle, who left him fifty million dollars, on the grounds that the deceased was insane.
Stoker is confident that Sir Roderick will testify against this. However, Sir Roderick has been arrested trying to break into Bertie's garage; his testimony will not have much weight if he is imprisoned. Jeeves suggests that Bertie switch places with Sir Roderick, as he could hardly be charged with breaking into his own garage. The plan succeeds. Stoker will buy the Hall, and Chuffy and Pauline are to be wed. Jeeves reveals that he was responsible for the cable.
Stating that it has never been his policy to serve a married gentleman, Jeeves returns to Bertie's employ.
Very surprised and grateful, Bertie has difficulty finding words, and simply says, "Thank you, Jeeves. According to writer Robert McCrum , the plot of Thank You, Jeeves , which follows the separation and reconciliation of Bertie and Jeeves, "is constructed like a classic romance in which a couple quarrel, separate and are finally reunited". While Bertie Wooster is threatened with marriage in some of the earlier short stories in which he appears, he also faces other kinds of disaster which Jeeves helps him avoid. The emphasis of the plot shifts in Thank You, Jeeves.
Beginning with this novel, Bertie's efforts to avoid marriage become the mainspring of the plot. This essential situation occurs in each of the following Jeeves novels. Wodehouse utilizes various styles and language, for instance moving between formal language in narration and informal language in dialogue. He sometimes makes fun of purism , the excessive insistence on adherence to a particular use of language, as in chapter Jeeves has made me rather a purist in these matters.
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In this quote, there is comic contrast between the tense situation and the comparatively petty concern about "correctness" in language. Wodehouse occasionally derives words from phrases using suffixation , for example the adjective "fiend-in-human-shape-y" in chapter Another stylistic device Wodehouse uses to create humour is the pun.
For example, a pun is used in chapter 1, after Jeeves gives notice:. I fear I cannot recede from my position. Wodehouse uses vivid, exaggerated imagery drawing on a wide range of sources. This imagery at first seems comedically incongruous and yet is appropriate to the situation.
Examples include the following quotes: "We are the parfait gentle knights, and we feel that it ill beseems us to make a beeline for a girl like a man charging into a railway restaurant for a bowl of soup" chapter 4 , and "The light faded from her face, and in its stead there appeared the hurt, bewildered look of a barefoot dancer who, while halfway through the Vision of Salome, steps on a tin tack" chapter 9. When violence occurs in Wodehouse's stories, it causes either no injury or much less than would be expected in real life, similar to the downplayed injuries that occur in stage comedy.
Wodehouse also sometimes references violent imagery where there is no actual violence, for example in Thank You, Jeeves , chapter "The poor old lad distinctly leaped. The cigarette flew out of his hand, his teeth came together with a snap, and he shook visibly. The whole effect being much as if I had spiked him in the trousering with a gimlet or bodkin".
By presenting an intentionally partial depiction of violence in comic situations and imagery, Wodehouse demonstrates that violence does not always need to be taken seriously and can be used to add amusement to a comic portrayal of existence. Bertie, as the first-person narrator of the story, is an unreliable narrator in the sense that he does not know how much the events of the story result from Jeeves's scheming. The reader must infer to what extent Jeeves influences other characters or creates any of the problems he ultimately solves.
It is possible that Jeeves schemes from the start to return to Bertie's employ and get rid of Bertie's banjolele, and enters Chuffy's employment knowing that Chuffy would be near Bertie. Interpreting events through hints provided by Bertie's narration presents what Thompson calls "a perpetual and delightful challenge to the reader". When Bertie learns that Chuffy is jealous because Bertie was once engaged to Pauline, Bertie comments, "I began to perceive that in arranging that Stoker and not he should be the witness of the recent embrace the guardian angel of the Woosters had acted dashed shrewdly" chapter 6.
According to Thompson, "We know the identity of the somewhat diabolical guardian angel of this particular Wooster". The book uses the dated and now derogatory term "nigger minstrels" which was once a common term for white performers in blackface. Blackface performances, widely considered offensive today, were popular at the time Wodehouse was writing this novel.
In the letter, dated 1 April , Wodehouse wrote that he was writing "a Jeeves novel where Bertie, who is blacked up like a nigger minstrel, is scouring the countryside for butter to remove his blacking".
According to the letter, Wodehouse was considering ideas that do not appear in the final novel, including an idea of Bertie breaking into an animal breeder's house for butter and being confronted by a number of animals, and another idea in which Bertie ends up at a girls' school, gets chased by a Games Mistress a woman who teaches sports , and subsequently hides in a dormitory, where the kids welcome him enthusiastically because they think he is a blackface minstrel. The novel was finished by the end of May Thank You, Jeeves!
Bertie does play a musical instrument despite disapproval from Jeeves early in the film, though Bertie plays drums instead of a banjolele. This novel was adapted into the television series Jeeves and Wooster episodes " Chuffy " and " Kidnapped! Thank You, Jeeves was adapted into a radio drama in as part of the series What Ho!
In , the novel was dramatized by L. Bertie then requires butter, like in the novel, to remove the adhesive. Mark Richard, who adapted the story for L. Theatre Works, had previously incorporated this change into a stage adaptation of the novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the novel. For the film, see Thank You, Jeeves!
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Published for the millennium and to mark the 25th anniversary of his death, this is the first major selection of the whole of P. Wodehouse's work to have been published for a generation, and it includes a generous selection of previously unpublished work. We all know Jeeves and Wooster, but what is the best Jeeves story?
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