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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

George Bevan's life get turned upside down when Maud Marsh jumps into a cab beside him, pursued by a thug that is in fact her brother Percy. Bevan goes to Belpher Castle to find her and win her heart, resulting in the usual Wodehouse tale of mistaken identity and elaborate schemes.

A Damsel in Distre

What can I say? I have a weakness for country house novels and old screwball comedies, and this is the best possible combination of both. This was my first Wodehouse, and although I enjoyed it, I think he can do better. Am I wrong? I know happy endings are his thing, but the ending to this one was j

Daffy mishaps abound as a golfing enthusiast (Wodehouse does love his golf!) and composer is set upon by a young woman in need and, true to form, the author has his characters dangling from the ends of mistaken identity wires.

This was one of Wodehouse's early works and it's not bad, though not his

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

“Lord Marshmoreton: I wish I could get you see my point of view.
George Bevan: I do see your point of view. But dimly. You see, my own takes up such a lot of the foreground”

What can I say of the genius of Wodehouse... His comedies are famous and for good reason. Not only do you get colourful charact


You would think being in a country where Lockdown has been taken very seriously indeed that an avid reader such as myself would be losing themselves in a mountain of books! Not so, I have found it very difficult to concentrate on anything that isn't a beloved reread.

Thank heavens this book enter

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

Perfect pick-me-up, feel good romp through the English summertime. As usual love is in the air, but the heroes and heroines have to struggle against stuffy aunts and class preconceptions. The book has aged like fine champagne, and Wodehouse golfing similes and general joy in the use of English langu

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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