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Different Shades of Women in Plumsville

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The Old Reliable Ashokbhatia has written yet another pippin on the subject of Plum – this time offering a chap’s perspective on the issue of Wodehouse’s female characters. Your thoughts?

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The delicately nurtured amongst us occasionally bemoan the way they have been treated by the Master Wordsmith of our times – P GPGW JeevesInTheOffing Wodehouse. Admittedly, his narratives are replete with somewhat jaundiced references to the fairer sex. We could readily jump to the conclusion that his works have been written only for an exclusive boys’ club.

Consider these samples from ‘Jeeves in the Offing’:

Sample 1:

‘It just shows you what women are like. A frightful sex, Bertie. There ought to be a law. I hope to live to see the day when women are no longer allowed.’
‘That would rather put a stopper on keeping the human race going, wouldn’t it?’
‘Well, who wants to keep the human race going?’
‘I see what you mean. Yes, something in that, of course.’

Sample 2:

‘Why? You were crazy about the girl once.’
‘But no longer. The fever has…

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8 Comments

  1. ashokbhatia says:

    Appreciate your re-bolgging this. Pip pip!

  2. honoria plum says:

    It’s always a pleasure to read and share your work, old chum.

  3. It’s such a brilliant article, beautifully written. You clever people! A similar question came up on The Guardian reading club, and although I had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted to say, I couldn’t find the right words. This says everything I would have wanted to say and more! Would you ever fancy writing an article about those magical places where Plumtopians go to restore their weary selves eg. Barribault’s and the Emsworth Arms? If so, I’d love to read it.

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