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The Prince and Betty

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

The Prince and Betty is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. The story tells of how unscrupulous millionaire Benjamin Scobell decides to build a casino on the small Mediterranean island of Mervo, dragging in the unwitting heir to the throne to help. Little does he know that his stepdaughter Betty has history with the young man John Maude, and his schemes lead to a rift between the newly-reunited pair. (Introduction from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .CHAPTER VII MR. SCOBELL IS FRANK

Much may happen in these rapid times in the course of an hour and a half. While John was keeping his vigil on the sandstone rock, Betty was having an interview with Mr. Scobell which was to produce far-reaching results, and which, incidentally, was to leave her angrier and more at war with the whole of her world than she could remember to have been in the entire course of her life.

The interview began, shortly after breakfast, in a gentle and tactful manner, with Aunt Marion at the helm. But Mr. Scobell was not the man to stand by silently while persons were being tactful. At the end of the second minute he had plunged through his sister's mild monologue like a rhinoceros through a cobweb, and had stated definitely, with an economy of words, the exact part which Betty was to play in Mervian affairs.

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Community Reviews

Not my favorite Wodehouse story; I like it more for the use of language than the actual plot and characters (unusual).

It seemed to lose its focus, as if Wodehouse could not decide whether to do one of his comic romances or do a "city" story. I really liked the first part which was a lot of fun. J...more

I selected The Prince and Betty for the collection after coming across it completely by accident. I’d always been aware of P.G. Wodehouse, but I’d never read him before, and I never suspected he wrote romantic fiction. I was utterly charmed and smitten with The Prince and Betty by page four, and...more

Plum recycles Psmith Journalist within a romance. It’s not an improvement.

This was my first Wodehouse book, and what a charming start! I loved his writing style. It was so cozy. It was a part of old times. I loved the characters. I absolutely adored it. I will keep reading from him.

This book is different from other of Wodehouse's but I still enjoyed it! It was interesting and different, and while the humor isn't as prevalent as other books by Wodehouse it's still there-- much more subtle but still so so funny. The analogies are great, and the dialogue is so witty and amusin...more

Continuing to work my way through the entire Wodehouse corpus, and continuing to enjoy it.

Betty Silver is wistful and a bit jealous of her friend Elsa's recent happy marriage. The only man she'll ever love is John Maude and he only met her two or three times and doesn't know she exists. When Betty's stepfather, Mr. Scobell summons her to someplace called Mervo, she must obey. Mervo, a...more

It's extremely difficult to find this book in the original UK version, as it appeared in The Strand. Even after carefully scrutinizing the e-book editions, I discovered halfway through the edition I was reading that I had made a mistake when Psmith appeared. (For the US edition, Wodehouse mashed...more

It's not uncommon for an author to have an attachment to an idea, particulary when that idea comes early in their career and has yet to be displaced by the big breakthrough. This, I believe, is how Wodehouse felt with The Prince and Betty, as he recycled the plot several times in books and serial...more

PG Wodehouse isn't an author one generally associates with being published by Mills and Boon, but one version of this 1912 novel of his actually did get released by those romance novel specialists. Not this particular version, though, which—while it does have a romantic angle to it—isn't primaril...more

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