The Girl on the Boat
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By P. G. Wodehouse
Salty sea breezes hearken Sam Marlowe, a gallant, well-dressed young man, to adventure and romance. Aboard the ocean liner Atlantic, he encounters just that in the person of Wilhelmina “Billie” Bennett, the former fiancée of his cousin, Eustace. Lo and behold, Wilhelmina finds that same romance and adventure in Sam, her own Sir Galahad, the “perfect knight.” And all is sunshine and roses and cozy readings Tennyson’s Idylls of the King until Sam’s misguided “A Little Imitation” at the ship’s concert results in the sundering of hearts and when the Atlantic docks, Sam and Billie go their separate ways.
And so, calm and golden, the days went by, each fraught with hope and youth and sweetness, linking two young hearts in silken fetters forged by the laughing love-god.
True to form, Wodehouse leaves no stone unturned, no legal avenue unexplored, and no cupboard unoccupied as his prose charts us toward the novel’s hilarious conclusion. The Girl on the Boat promises Wodehouse fans new and old bon voyage.
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.