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Ah, there it is!

Yesterday I spent waaaaay too much time wondering if Lord Peter Wimsey -- who was apt to launch into Woosterian dialogue to disarm his suspects -- would have considered Bertie an insufferable ass, or if he might have actually liked him.

I think he would have liked Bertie. Wimsey may have only played at being the kind of chipper-but-clueless fop that Bertie actually was, but ultimately the codes of the Woosters and the Wimseys are one in the same.

Wimsey reserved his contempt for truly callow heiresses (and whatever their male counterparts would be called -- heirs?) who never quite grasped the concept of noblesse oblige.

He might never have actually asked Bertie over for a cigar to help him figure how a murder could have happened in a locked room with no other entry points, but he would have appreciated Bertie's simple, good heart.

It's so nice to read accounts of Wodehouse himself, who was apparently one of London and Long Island's premier good eggs. Unlike that prick Thurber.

By the way, I came across this website while looking for that "cat" quote the other week. It's probably the only piece dedicated to Wodehouse in which most of the laughs aren't generated by his prose. Of course, that's because it's poorly-translated Russian, so I guess my amusement makes me one ugly American. But anyway:

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