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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

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

This is, I believe, the earliest Wodehouse I have read to date, having been originally published in 1910. My copy purports to reproduce the text of the 1921 edition, but in a quick search I did not find anything documenting possible changes between the 1910 and 1921 editions other than the dedicatio

Reject any literary theory that spurns the pleasures of reading Wodehouse.

Soo good! Another Wodehouse masterpiece! This one involves burglars, detectives, crooked policemen , arranged marriages, and broken engagements. But I don't want to give to much away...more

One of the best of Wodehouse's earliest works! Still doesn't hold a candle to his Jeeves & Wooster or Blandings Castle stuff, but this is a-ok.

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