Getting Off on the Right Foot: Thank you, Jeeves

Great opening paragraphs. A limbering up exercise prior to National Novel Writing Month in November.

I was a shade perturbed. Nothing to signify, really, but still just a spot concerned. As I sat in the old flat, idly touching the strings of my banjolele, an instrument to which I have become greatly addicted of late, you couldn’t have said that the brow was actually furrowed, and yet, on the other hand, you couldn’t have stated absolutely that it wasn’t. Perhaps the word ‘pensive’ about covers it. It seemed to me that a situation fraught with embarrassing potentialities had arisen.
– Thank you, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse. My review here.

I could have chosen almost anything by P. G. Wodehouse, but this comic masterpiece came first to hand. Bertie Wooster, reflecting on what will surely will involve much personal embarrassment, and Jeeves getting his way about the banjolele.

3 thoughts on “Getting Off on the Right Foot: Thank you, Jeeves

  1. And wasn’t the TV series with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie one of the funniest ever? Great music, as well. I’m tempted to try NaNoWriMo but I’m nervous. I’ve signed in but I still don’t quite understand how you post your work day by day. I’ll check it out. Have you participated before?

    • Fry and Laurie are the archetypal Jeeves and Bertie, much as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are now Holmes and Watson.

      Never done NaNoWriMo before and don’t believe in my heart of hearts that I have any talent for fiction. But it’s something I should try, if only to get out of my system. Haven’t registered yet because I still don’t have a clue what the book is going to be about. Low comedy, probably.

      • OK. Well, because of your post I registered and I’m quite excited about it. I’ve linked up with a Nano group in Launceston and we’re all meeting up at the Royal Oak in a fortnight to discuss ideas and get tips. NaNoWriMo sounds like fun and a great way for me to improve my work. Thank you!
        On Sherlock, I agree completely. I loved the way the characters were updated so successfully in the series. BC perfect, and Martin Freeman still with that sweet, sad gravitas he showed in The Office.

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