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February 19, 2012
Overnight Open Thread (2-19-2012)
Back when Newt Gingrich was enjoying his first burst of popularity (then second, now third?) Mark Steyn made a comment about the rise of the 'Newt-fanciers". Well as soon as I heard the term I could only think of a single name: Gussie Fink-Nottle, the famed newt fancier of PG Wodehouse's Wooster and Jeeves stories.
And it turns out that the Anchoress had the very same thoughts. And needless to say that sent me on a jag of re-reading Wodehouse's stories and books. The Anchoress recommends starting out of order with The Code of the Woosters, but I still think it's better to begin with Right Ho, Jeeves.
Bertie Wooster is of course the intellectually negligible London gentleman bachelor whose gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, is continually getting him out of scrapes and unwanted engagements. And along with them comes a whole collection of wonderful characters including Fink-Nottle the hapless newt fancier, Sir Roderick Spode the wannabe dictator, the fearsome Aunt Agatha, along with <shudder> The Bassett woman to whom Bertie ends up engaged several times.
True confession: I own the complete DVD collection of the BBC Jeeves and Wooster series with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry and whenever I start feeling down about the state of the world (more frequent these days) I throw a random disc into the player and within ten minutes I'm feeling much, much better.
And whenever I read the stories and books I always hear them with Laurie's and Fry's voices. For stories that are getting close to a hundred years old - other than a few slang terms that have fallen out of favor - the prose seem remarkably modern. I think Wodehouse purposely had Bertie speak in a super-casual imprecise slangy way to show how unserious and lighthearted he was - but a century later It turns out that we all speak Bertie-style now.
It's hard to find Wodehouse quotes short enough to give you the full flavor but here are a couple to whet the old A.
And if you're not into the whole reading and ciphering this, here are some video clips:
Gussie expresses his admiration for the newt
Engaged to The Bassett, Bertie fails to retrieve a book
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