Friday, June 27, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: "Joy in the Morning" by P.G. Wodehouse

My favorite read this month was "Joy in the Morning", a Jeeves and Wooster story by P.G. Wodehouse. I found it in a collection titled "Just Enough Jeeves." 

I have only read one other Jeeves and Wooster story, "The Code of the Woosters" but I loved it and I don't quite know why I hadn't returned to some of these stories before now!

The pairing of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves is brilliant, and "Joy in the Morning" was so funny. In this story Bertie Wooster is roped into going to the dreaded home of his frightening Aunt Agatha and Uncle Percy. While there he inadvertently becomes re-engaged to his ex-fiancee, has to dodge her jilted ex-fiance who is a local policeman, must fight for the love of his two friends, avoid the "helpful" boy scout Edwin, attend a costume ball in a stolen uniform... and it just goes on and on. And through it all he relies on Jeeves to sort out the tangled messes of schemes, plans, engagements, boy scout kickings and potting shed rendezvous. The antics are rapid-fire. The wit and humor in the writing are the best part of these stories by far!

"Boko looked at me, and raised his eyebrows. I looked at Boko, and raised my eyebrows. Nobby looked at us both, and raised her eyebrows. Then we all looked at Stilton, and all raised our eyebrows. It was one of those big eyebrow-raising mornings." 

"...and that he had with him his daughter Florence and his son Edwin, the latter as pestilential a stripling as ever wore khaki shorts and went spooring or whatever it is that these Boy Scouts do."

"Love's silken bonds are not broken just because the female half of the sketch takes umbrage at the loony behavior of the male partner and slips it across him in a series of impassioned speeches. However devoutly a girl may worship the man of her choice, there always comes a time when she feels an irresistible urge to haul off and let him have it in the neck."

I found this attractively illustrated website about P.G. WodeHouse and his works that I recommend checking out:

 Has anyone ever watched the tv series, Jeeves and Wooster from the early '90s? (Starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.) I think it might be available on Hulu and I'm looking forward to seeing if it's as funny as the stories!


What is The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, you ask? Brilliant and well-dressed is the host The Armchair Squid who describes it thusly:

"The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers."

Visit The Armchair Squid and see what everyone's reading!


  1. Hi Nancy! I used to watch Jeeves and Wooster on the old PBS channel before we had cable. (How many years ago was that...) The shows were hilarious and I enjoyed them. I used to watch quite a few of the old British comedies back when. They were good fun.

    1. Interesting! When was that? I'll have to look them up! Thanks Lori!

    2. It would have been the late 1990s when we lived in the apartment in South Burlington.

  2. Well-dressed? Such flattery...

    We love Jeeves & Wooster at our house. I burned through several of the books a few years back and we all enjoy the TV series - recently shared with the girl, too. She does a pretty good Stephen Fry impression, actually.


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