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|Midsummer at the Threepwood country seat, a
whole world and its pigsty is at peace. For the space, that is.
e? -.1 afternoon tea. And then crisis, wearing a variety of
habits, saunters in to Castle Blandings and upsets the hard-won
applecart of the peace-loving thirteenth Earl. Lady Constant nee
Threepwood, formerly Keeble, now Schoonmaker, arrives unheralded
from New York Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, follows hard upon and
settles in the Garden Suite with no forseeable indication of
quitting. Before he knows where he is Beach has a house party on
his hands and Lord Emsworth has made the short journey to the
end of his wits—a route hedged about with alarming symptoms in
the pigsty, the sinister presence of an unaccredited American,
and evidence that Blandings is" to be the site of manifest sharp
practice in the sale of a startling modern portrait of a nude
(mistaken by Emsworth for a pig).
It is a situation which calls for a stouter heart and a stronger
hand. Galahad Threepwood is listening to a godson's tale of
stricken love for a niece of the Duke of Dunstable when the call
comes. The last of the Pelicans, that unparalleled cadre of the
young in heart and the fleet of foot of yesteryear, is on his
way at once.