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By P. G. Wodehouse
After inheriting a fortune from an eccentric millionaire whose golf swing he corrected, the impoverished Lord Dawlish—Bill, to his friends—sets off for America. There he hopes to find the dead man’s surviving relatives, a beautiful beekeeper and her brother, in order to split what he considers to be their rightful inheritance. Unbeknownst to Bill, his quarrelsome fiancée is also traveling to America, albeit on a mission all of her own.
“Bill sighed. He had never dreamed before that it could be so difficult to give money away.”
What follows is a comedy of errors and misunderstandings as Wodehouse, in fine form even this early on in his career, builds a tangle of assumed identities, bees, broken engagements, monkeys, and burglaries.
Sir Pelham Grenville (P. G.) Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English author and playwright and one of the premier humorists of the twentieth century. His inimitable prose, in the words of Evelyn Waugh, “has made a world for us to live in and delight in.” Wodehouse’s hundreds of written works include the masterful Jeeves & Wooster and Blandings Castle stories.