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The Intrusion of Jimmy

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

The action begins with playboy bachelor Jimmy Pitt in New York; having fallen in love on a transatlantic liner, he befriends a small-time burglar and breaks into a police captain's house as a result of a bet. The cast of characters head to England, and from there on it is a typically Wodehousian romantic farce, set at the stately Dreever Castle, overflowing with imposters, detectives, crooks, scheming lovers and conniving aunts.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I used to see your daughter walking the deck sometimes."

Molly smiled.

"I remember seeing you—sometimes."

McEachern burst out.

"Then, you—!"

He stopped, and looked at Molly. The girl was bending over Rastus, tickling him under the ear.

"Let me show you the way out, Mr. Pitt," said the policeman, shortly. His manner was abrupt, but when one is speaking to a man whom one would dearly love to throw out of the window, abruptness is almost unavoidable.

"Perhaps I should be going," said Jimmy.

"Good-night, Mr. Pitt," said Molly.

"I hope we shall meet again," said Jimmy.

"This way, Mr. Pitt," growled McEachern, holding the door.

"Please don't trouble," said Jimmy. He went to the window, and, flinging his leg over the sill, dro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A Gentleman of Leisure (1910) is an early novel by P.G. Wodehouse and whilst it lacks the effortless sparkle of his best work it's nonetheless very enjoyable and agreeable.

3/5

The action begins with bachelor Jimmy Pitt in New York; having fallen in love on a transatlantic liner, he befriends a small-

Jimmy Pitt, wealthy English world traveller, bets he can burgle a house that night, and luckily red-headed ragged Spike Mullins (full of Cockney thief cant) sneaks into his flat, and offers the destination of grafting New York Police Captain McEachern. Still dreaming of the first-class dark-haired b

Another amusing Wodehouse. Jimmy Pitt love for Molly and her corrupt policeman father provide a hilarious story. A bet to burgle, a meeting with Spike a burglar easily fooled led to hijinks.

The move from NY to the English country side where Jimmy woos Molly in between to being mistaken for a thief.

I have very fond memories of Wodehouse's particular blend of humour from my childhood as my parents had quite a few of his books.

His sardonic portrayals of English pre-war characters are fun, his prose very nice indeed and his plots always intricate. His books are flamboyant in an understated kind

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