The afternoon sun poured brightly into the office of the manager of Guildenstern's Stores, Madison Avenue, New York, but there was no corresponding sunshine in the heart of Homer Pyle, the eminent corporation lawyer, as he sat there.
One of her playwrights, speaking from the nursing home where he was recovering from mental exhaustion, has once described her as the vulture who cooed like a dove. ( of Dame Flora Faye, Chap.5, section 2)
Although it had been said of Crispin Scrope with considerable justice that if men were dominoes, he would be the double blank, he was not without a certain intelligence and an ability to deduce and draw conclusions. (Chap.12, section 2)
"Hullo! I say! Is something wrong, darling? You look like a startled codfish. Suits you, of course. Very becoming. But it gives me the idea that something has happened to upset you. What's the matter, my angel?" (Chap. 15)
To coin a phrase, large oaks from little acorns grow.
So when this newest of P. G. Wodehousean romps begins with a small case of shoplifting such as any reasonable person might understand, it comes as no surprise that this turns out to be merely the first step toward the involvement of almost everyone in the book (including the hero) in trying to steal a priceless Gainsborough miniature, "The Girl in Blue."
For good reasons.
If you are a Wodehouse fan, and either you are or you are a poor deprived spirit who ought to have someone lobbying in Congress to help you, that is all you'll know or need to know before snatching up this copy, paying for it (rather than shoplifting it), and rushing home with it to enjoy the most delightful reading of the season. [from the jacket]
Young Jerry West has a few problems. His uncle Crispin is broke and employs a butler who isn't all he seems. His other uncle Willoughby is rich but wont hand over any of his inheritance. To cap it all, although already engaged, Jerry has just fallen in love with the wonderful Jane Hunnicutt.… (more)