Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spotted: Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Where: N-train
Who was reading: An Asian woman with a brittle, structured hairstyle, wearing a black jacket over ribbed sweater-tights. A quirk at the corner of her mouth undercut the severity of the hairstyle.
What was she smiling at? Could have been this line: “I tell you Bertie, I've examined the darned cloud with a microscope, and if it's got a silver lining it's some little dissembler.”
Or this: “Honoria, you see, is one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welterweight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge. A beastly thing to face over the breakfast table. Brainy, moreover.”
Or even this: “'Yes, sir,' said Jeeves in a low, cold voice, as if he had been bitten in the leg by a personal friend.”
So embarrassing… I used to pronounce Wodehouse rhymes-with-“Toad-house”, as opposed to the way you “Should-house.”

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