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Uneasy Money

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

Uneasy Money is a romantic comedy that offers light escapism. More romantic but only a little less humorous that his mature works, it tells of the vicissitudes of poor Lord Dawlish, who inherits five million dollars, but becomes a serially disappointed groom.

When the story opens Bill (Lord Dawlish, a thoroughly pleasant man) is engaged to a demanding actress. His first thought when hearing of his massive legacy from a stranger whose tendency to slice he once cured on a West Country golf course is of the disappointed relatives. His trip to the USA attempting to give back the windfall results in complication after complication, including firearms and burglaries as well as the usual human misunderstandings that accompany any human life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But when she reached the open air, just as Nutty charged up, she saw by his face that it was anguish not joy that had spurred him on. He was gasping and he bubbled unintelligible words. His little eyes gleamed wildly.

'Nutty, darling, what is it?' cried Elizabeth, every maternal instinct in her aroused.

He was thrusting a sheet of paper at her, a sheet of paper that bore the superscription of Nichols, Nichols, Nichols, and Nichols, with a London address.

'Uncle Ira—' Nutty choked. 'Twenty pounds! He's left me twenty pounds, and all the rest to a—to a man named Dawlish!'

In silence Elizabeth took the letter. It was even as he had said. A few moments before Elizabeth had been regretting the imminent descent of wealth upon her brother. Now she was inconsistent enough to boil with rage at the shattering blow which had befallen him. That she, too, had lost her inheritance hard. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Lord Dawlish (Bill) is an easy-going, generous, and financially destitute member of England’s aristocracy. His financial deficiencies don’t really bother him as he has just enough to meet his modest life's needs. Claire, his fiancée, isn’t so tolerant of his pecuniary circumstances and refuses t...more

He's known for his Jeeves series, but seriously, his novels rock! The new characters keep them from being to formula driven. And there are so many memorable lines. My favorite quotation:

"Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done wit...more

I'm so happy I finally discovered Wodehouse! I have never read books published over 100 years ago that are so accessible and not dated at all. Sometimes even timely... I mean....

" 'Why, he would have a pistol, wouldn't he? I thought everybody had over here.' Except for what he had bee...more

Others have commented on the plot so I will comment on aspects of this novel that I enjoy. I love books where the main characters are decent and good people, and you cannot find more decent individuals than the hero and heroine of this book. It is also so refreshing to read a story where a woman...more

Though less hysterical than some other Wodehouse novels, this was thoroughly captivating and delightful. It wouldn't be Wodehouse without a case of concealed identity and more zany coincidences than one can count. And just when you think the plot couldn't get any more ridiculous, someone goes and...more

Well done, Plum!

Uneasy Money is a standalone romantic comedy novel from P.G. Wodehouse, which can be regarded as one among his best works with his signature humor and twisted plots. Written in 1916 this is one of those self-containing titles from Wodehouse, which is not part of any of his usual series of narratives with recurring c...more

This early Wodehouse is a humorous story about Lord Dawlish (Bill), his actress first fiancee Claire, and how how he finds his true love. Bill is loveable, sympathetic, and generous. His fiance won't marry him until he gets more money and encourages him to do things to get money which aren't in B...more

Uneasy Money is one of my least favorite P.G. Wodehouse book in the history of me reading P.G. Wodehouse books. The characters are flat. The writer's trademark humor is almost completely absent. The story is boring.

This rags-to-riches, boy-meets-girl tale unnecessarily drags on at a langui...more

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