Code of the Woosters: (Jeeves & Wooster)
Take Gussie Fink-Nottle, the soupy Madeleine Bassett, Old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H (Stinker) Pinker, an 18th century cow-creamer, a small notebook and mix with Aunt Dahlia. It all spells trouble for Bertie and Jeeves.
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‘There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, “Do trousers matter?”‘
‘The mood will pass, sir.’
Aunt Dahlia has tasked Bertie with purloining an antique cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. In order to do so, Jeeves hatches a scheme whereby Bertie must charm the droopy and altogether unappealing Madeline and face the wrath of would-be dictator Roderick Spode. Though the prospect fills him with dread, when duty calls, Bertie will answer, for Aunt Dahlia will not be denied.
In a plot that swiftly becomes rife with mishaps, it is Jeeves who must extract his master from trouble. Again.
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