The Mating Season, Hardback Book
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At Deverill Hall, an idyllic Tudor manor in the picture-perfect village of King's Deverill, impostors are in the air.

The prime example is man-about-town Bertie Wooster, doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him while he enjoys fourteen days away from society after being caught taking an unscheduled dip in the fountains of Trafalgar Square.

Bertie is of course one of nature's gentlemen, but the stakes are high: if all is revealed, there's a danger that Gussie's simpering fiancee Madeline may turn her wide eyes on Bertie instead.

It's a brilliant plan - until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Bertram Wooster.

After that, only the massive brain of Jeeves (himself in disguise) can set things right.


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An earlier Wodehouse and usual plot. The farce is based on misunderstandings, and absurdly misconceived plans, which result in half of the characters impersonating each other. In this one, Bertie is pretending to be Gussie Fink- Nottle, to prevent Gussie's girlfriend leaving while Gussie is besotted with Corky Pirbright who loves Esmond Haddock who is... and on, and on. Comes complete with a coshed policeman and a battalion of aunts. Speaking of aunts, one of them :<i>"...had said with a short, quick sniff that she supposed they ought to consider themselves highly honoured that the piefaced young bastard condescended to sleep in the bally place, or words to that effect."</i>Piefaced young bastard? Bastard just doesn't sound like a Wodehouse word.

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