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A Damsel in Distress

P. G. Wodehouse

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A Damsel in Distress is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. Golf-loving American composer George Bevan falls in love with a mysterious young lady who takes refuge in his taxicab one day; when he tracks her down to a romantic rural manor, mistaken identity leads to all manner of brouhaha.

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"Outside the 'Carlton,' 'tis averred, these stirring happenings occurred. The hour, 'tis said (and no one doubts) was half-past two, or thereabouts. The day was fair, the sky was blue, and everything was peaceful too, when suddenly a well-dressed gent engaged in heated argument and roundly to abuse began another well-dressed gentleman. His suede-gloved fist he raised on high to dot the other in the eye. Who knows what horrors might have been, had there not come upon the scene old London city's favourite son, Policeman C. 231. 'What means this conduct? Prithee stop!' exclaimed that admirable slop. With which he placed a warning hand upon the brawler's collarband. We simply hate to tell the rest. No subject here for flippant jest. The mere remembrance of the tale has made our ink turn deadly pale. Let us be brief. Some demon sent stark madness on the well-dressed gent. He gave the cons. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a great PG Wodehouse story. It's an okay romance. I loved George and while he falls in love rather suddenly, I liked how it seemed real. It really resonated with me when he tells Maud that the important matter for him is that she be happy.

The rest of what I want to burble about is all plot a

Flighty aristocratic girls in love with unsuitable men. Vapid and bullied elderly aristocrats. Fearsome matriarchal aristocratic women who do the bullying. Stiff-necked aristocratic young men out to make fools of themselves. And untitled young-men-about-town with hearts of gold, always ready to resc

My son has long sung the praises of P.G. Wodehouse and encouraged me to read more of him. It has been years since I picked up a book of his, and can't imagine what I was thinking, waiting so long. Wodehouse is charming, witty, and an absolute master of description. Just one example: Such a one, in G

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