Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit

My copy of this perfectly formed Jeeves and Wooster story has a very nice cover of Ian Carmichael and Dennis Price in the B.B.C. T.V. series “The World of Wooster”, or so it claims. I’ve never seen the television series — but the cover certainly is evocative, even though I rather think that Bertie Wooster — despite complaints about no longer revelling in the clubs like a cub — is a little younger.

  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Title: Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Bertie Wooster Sees it Through)
  • Pages: 191
  • Published: 1967 (1954)
  • Publisher: New English Library

This is a relatively late Wodehouse, but not too late. I mean — all the story elements are familiar, all are finely polished, but haven’t been polished to a thin sliver, as they are in the latest books.

Let’s see, what do we have here? Bertie has a moustache, which Jeeves deprecates. Florence Craye returns her fiancee, Stilton, to store and decides once again to mould Bertie into an intellectual, which Bertie deprecates. Guests at Aunt Dahlia’s country residence, Brinkley Court, include a woman who tries to nobble Anatole. There’s a pearl necklace that needs to get stolen; and another that doesn’t need to get stolen, but does. And Spode, alias Lord Sidcup, the waistcoat-pocket dictator makes an appearance, but, since it’s after the war, has sold his stake in Eulalie Soers. And all the elements are mixed so together that suspense is stiff, but in the end, the moustache is shorn, and all is well.

See also The Russian Wodehouse Society page on Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, for a full cast of characters.