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The Girl on the Boat

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

Also published as "Three Men and a Maid". The maid of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an ocean liner headed for England together, along with a capable young woman called Jane Hubbard who is smitten with Eustace, and typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue. (Introduction by wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .in the quest for deeds of derring-do, had fallen down so lamentably on his first assignment? There was a specious attractiveness about poor old Eustace which might conceivably win a girl's heart for a time; he wrote poetry, talked well, and had a nice singing voice; but, as a partner for life ... well, he simply wouldn't do. That was all there was to it. He simply didn't add up right. The man a girl like Wilhelmina Bennett required for a husband was somebody entirely different ... somebody, felt Samuel Marlowe, much more like Samuel Marlowe.

Swelled almost to bursting point with these reflections, he went on deck to join the [Pg 65]ante-luncheon promenade. He saw Billie almost at once. She had put on one of those nice sacky sport-coats which so enhance feminine charms, and was striding along the deck with the breeze playing in her vivid hair like the female equivalent of a Viking. Beside her walked young Mr. Bream Mortimer.

Sam had been feeling a good d. . . Read More

Community Reviews

How people managed before Wodehouse is a mystery. Life must have been grim.

The Girl on the Boat is classic Wodehouse: engagements entered into and severed all over the place, cockamamie schemes to renew the affections of the girl; escapades at a country house; wealthy and irascible American tycoons

There is a South Indian curry called sambar (no, not the deer - and it is pronounced "saambaar", and not "sam-burr", you North Indians) which you can find in all the five states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The thing about sambar is that it varies from one state to

Wodehouse delivers again! So charmingly absurd and ridiculously hilarious. Such silly situations. I love it! The whole time I was reading this, I was thinking it should be adapted for the stage. It would be a great show.

"Apart from not allowing him to call his soul his own, she was an indulge

I totter between four and five stars. This was the *perfect* airplane book: put in the earbuds lean against the window and heave with silent laughter.

I am compelled to find the print version and re-read it with my eyes. There are too many delicious similes and metaphors that I have to experience ag

A perfect 5 star rating! WHY don't we get books like this anymore?? Or do we and I just miss them?? Please let me know! Wodehouse at his best.

I'm not good with audio books - that I realize every time I try. But I've listened to a number of Wodehouse readings (is that what you call it?) so far this

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