The Most of P.G. Wodehouse Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Freddie do in "Fate" to rouse Mavis' jealousy?

In "Fate," Freddie does a good deed by helping a woman with her luggage. Freddie thinks that because the woman is not attractive there could be no misunderstanding of his intentions by helping her. However, Mavis does not trust Freddie's motives, and Freddie must try to reassure her.

2. Why does Mavis leave Freddie in "Fate"?

In "Fate," when Freddie returns to the apartment building to show Mavis that the woman is very unappealing, he mistakenly ends up in the flat of Mrs. Silvers. Mrs. Silvers is the woman whom the detectives had been hired to watch. The detectives find Mrs. Silvers sitting on Freddie's lap, and Freddie gives them his real name. He subsequently loses Mavis.

3. What is the significance of the title "Tried in the Furnace"?

The significance of the title "Tried in the Furnace" comes from the plot of the story which focuses on Pongo and Barmy. Their friendship and their comedy act are tested when they both fall for and chase after the same woman.

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