Review: A Gentleman of Leisure

A Gentleman of Leisure
A Gentleman of Leisure by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When one meets the father of the girl one loves (but whose name one does not know) at night in the latter’s house with a professional but not very successful robber, there are bound to be misunderstandings. Especially if the father is a New-York policeman. But Jimmy overcomes his obstacles with Spike, the red-haired (if we do not understand his atrocious accent, ’tis but our fault) as a faithful sidekick and wins the heart and hand of Molly. Also featuring Spennie, the Earl of Dreever who has jelly in place of a backbone but otherwise a favourite with the crowd, Sir and Lady Blunt, Hargate the hustler and a diamond necklace. Though a comedy piece, there is a serious vein filled with Wodehouse’s crisp observations of love and life.

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