Thursday, 4 February 2016

Wodehouse Gems: I

CARRY ON, JEEVES, BY SIR P G WODEHOUSE, KBE

Of course P G Wodehouse was master of the English Language.

He was, to my mind, supreme beyond measure when it came to English prose and literature.

Here's Bertie Wooster's description of Lady Malvern in Carry On, Jeeves:-
Lady Malvern was a hearty, happy, healthy, overpowering sort of female, not so very tall but making up for it by measuring about six feet from the O. P. to the Prompt Side.

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.

She had bright, bulging eyes and a lot of yellow hair, and when she spoke she showed about fifty-seven front teeth. She was one of those women who kind of numb a fellow's faculties.
Remind you of anybody who's had media exposure lately?

First published in  July, 2011.

2 comments :

Christopher Bellew said...

The expression OP to Prompt Side may puzzle some of your readers. Carry On Jeeves was published in 1925 when Wodehouse was collaborating with Guy Bolton writing musicals, so stage jargon would have been on his mind. OP stands for Opposite Prompt, ie, stage right.
Christopher

Timothy Belmont said...

Marvellous! Many thanks, Christopher.