Monday, February 26, 2007

The Wisdom of Bertie Wooster

I'm reading one of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books right now, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. I've also been watching a bit of the television series starring Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster and Stephen Fry as his gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves.

I was struck by one passage in The Code of the Woosters (1938) in which Bertie says to his cousin Stiffy, "There are certain females whom one respects, admires, reveres, but only from a distance. If they show any signs of attempting to come closer, one is prepared to fight them off with a blackjack."

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