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|For the greater part of each year Blandings
Castle, ancestral home of the Earls of Emsworth is accustomed to
drowse the hours away in comfortable somnolence. Presided over
above-stairs by the Ninth Earl himself, below-stairs by Beach
the butler, and in the piggeries by that most celebrated of all
sows, the Empress of Blandings, serenity and calm are the
unvarying order of the day.
The moments of exception occur when Gaily is around.
The Hon. Galahad Threepwood is an infrequent visitor at the
Castle, but when he does grace those ancient stones with his
presence the effect is both disrupting and electrifying. In his
youth, Gaily was one of the notable figures of the London scene
-the man to whom the world of the stage, fashionable
racecourses, and the rowdier restaurants pointed with conscious
pride. Now, silver-haired but as gaily debonair as ever, the
mingled whiff of paddock and bar-room as much a part of his
personality as the beribboned monocle he wears in his eye, he
shoulders the problems of his kinsmen and friends with a benign
and confident omniscience.
A pretty girl in distress, the mending of sundered hearts, the
introduction of im-posters into his brother's demesne, all come
alike to Gaily. His nimble brain finds the solution to every
predicament. Admittedly, one or two of his schemes go awry en
route, but such set-backs he takes cheerfully in his stride like
the master-tactician j hat he is.
This is a splendid piece of Wodehouse foolery; one of the
sunniest and funniest books for years.