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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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. . .AND THE POLICEMAN."

"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

"For a year she had prayed that Geoffrey might be given back to her, and the Gods had heard her prayer. They had given her back Geoffrey, and with a careless generosity they had given her twice as much of him as she had expected."

"She was oppressed by the eternal melancholy miracle of the fat man...more

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 Dis...more

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 h...more

A wee bit less on laughs from what you would expect from PGW but nonetheless has a great plot. Was great fun.
Rating: More like 4.5 stars.

A Damsel in Distress (1919) by P.G. Wodehouse is yet another Wodehousian winner.

A successful American composer of popular musicals, George Bevan, whilst working in London, falls in love with a mysterious young woman who takes refuge in his taxicab one day and tracks her down to Belpher Castle in...more

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 r...more

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 la...more

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, i...more

2017:
This really is one of my all-time favorite books. I recently described to a friend as "Downton Abbey ... if Downton Abbey were a comedy." Lots of fun!

2015:
It’s really impossible for me to analyze and critique anything by P.G. Wodehouse. All I can say is that his writing is fantastic and shar...more

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