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Life with Jeeves Summary & Study Guide Description
Life with Jeeves Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:
Bertie Wooster, to his friends and family, is the young master of Jeeves, as he thinks of himself. An independently wealthy young man about town who lives in an apartment in the Berkeley area of London, he drives a two-seater sports car and is a member of the Drones Club. The Wooster family is well connected; some of Bertie's uncles have titles and his Aunts Agatha and Dahlia have considerable influence over him, though they never seem to succeed in getting him to "do something with his life".
Bertie Wooster is a frequent guest at the country estates of friends and relatives where he is invariably accompanied by his valet and manservant Jeeves. At one stage, Bertie is engaged to the daughter of one of his aunts' friends, Lady Honoria Glossop. He is also is permanently getting entangled and almost engaged to various other young ladies.
Bertie once overhears his valet Jeeves expressing his opinion, to a temporary replacement valet, that Bertram Wooster is an exceedingly pleasant and amiable young man but in no way intelligent. His aunts think of him as an "Abysmal Chump" and live in trepidation of his well-meaning schemes to rectify various situations, but they constantly invite him to their estates and, like many of his friends, use him to employ the talents of his valet Jeeves, who advises them on various social matters.
Bertie thinks of Jeeves as a sort of guide, philosopher, and friend. The master and servant do, however, often disagree on Bertie's choice of spats, shirts, vases, and mess jackets that he purchases on his own whims of fancy away from the restraining advice of his valet. Jeeves inevitably, firmly and tactfully always manages to get rid of the offending article.
Bertie's frequent debacles invariably arise when he ignores Jeeves's advice and tries to implement various schemes independently of him. Bertie is perpetually and erroneously optimistic concerning his superiority over Jeeves. The manner in which Jeeves deferentially but firmly extracts his young master from the messes in which he gets embroiled is the essence of P. G. Wodehouse's stories of Jeeves.
The reader knows very little about the personal life of Bertram Wooster's valet and general factotum, even to the extent of being ignorant of his full name. He is always addressed as Jeeves and never refers to Wooster as Bertie. Bertie's formidable aunts, who regard Jeeves as something of a social engineering genius, are always referred to by their correct formal names by the ever-deferential Jeeves.
From the fragmentary exposition of the various stories the reader knows that Jeeves occasionally forms alliances with young ladies he meets at venues such as the Camberwell Subscription dances. He, also, according to Bertie, likes to have a flutter at the casinos in Monte Carlo, and on his annual holiday goes to Bognor Regis from which returns tanned and fit.
His master's friends and relatives regard Jeeves as a source of social wisdom and a channel to tap into the otherwise unavailable opinions of their own and other people's staff. His well-placed "Very good sir!" can speak volumes as to his real opinion of the statements and actions of his master and his master's friends. The not so completely insensitive Bertie often remonstrates to Jeeves about the implied tone of the deferential acquiescence but never meets with any success in drawing out a direct criticism.
Mrs. Travers is Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia, mother of Angela and wife of Mr. Thomas Travers. They have their country estate at Brinkley Court, Market Snodsbury, and Worcestershire. Aunt Dahlia publishes a weekly newspaper for woman called "Milady's Boudoir", which is financed by her husband. She likes the occasional game of baccarat, at which she loses heavily, and, at one time, rode with the local hunt so that her speech is sometimes interspersed with hunting cries. Her well-concealed affection for her nephew Bertie does not prevent her from badgering him into last minute duties such as Prize Giving at the local Market Snodsbury Grammar School, of which she is a Governor. Nor does she hesitate in calling on the services of Jeeves when her daughter Angela's fiancée, Tuppy Glossop, is distracted by competing females.
On her staff Aunt Dahlia has the French Chef Anatole, whose culinary masterpieces are the only cuisine her husband can tolerate, and whose reputation for providing gourmet delights makes invitations to dine at Brinkley Court a much sought after social cachet.
Aunt Agatha is Mrs. Gregson, wife of Sir Spenser Gregson, with whom she owns a country estate at Woolham Chertsey, Hertfordshire. Bertie Wooster sometimes refers to Aunt Agatha as "the family curse" and regards her with fear and trepidation. On her part she regards Bertie as a vapid and frivolous wastrel. This is not to say that she does not harbor ambitions to "make something" of her nephew, either in the form of matrimony to Honoria Glossop or by becoming private secretary to a Cabinet Minister. Very conscious of the reputation of the Wooster family name, Mrs. Gregson also interferes in the love life of Bertie's Uncle Thomas, Lord Yaxley.
Lord and Lady Wickham
Lord and Lady Wickham have their country seat at Skeldings Hall, Hertfordshire and are good friends of Aunt Agatha. Their red-haired daughter, Roberta (Bobbie) has a penchant for getting Bertie Wooster into all sorts of predicaments, and Jeeves thinks that the young lady needs a husband of commanding authority and considerable strength of character to curb her vivacious nature. This would not be Bertram Wooster in Jeeves's opinion.
Sir Roderick Glossop
Sir Roderick Glossop is a noted nerve specialist ("loony doctor"). He is the father of Honoria and Hildebrand (Tuppy) and is convinced that Bertie Wooster is quite insane. He is also president of the Anti-Gambling League, is an abstemious eater and drinker who believes coffee is the root cause of all mental health problems.
Hildebrand (Tuppy) Glossop
Tuppy Glossop and Bertie Wooster often meet at the Drones club where they are both members and where Tuppy previously played a practical joke on Bertie that resulted him in taking a swim in the pool in full evening dress. Tuppy is betrothed to Angela Travers. He is also a formidable rugby player.
Honoria Glossop is the daughter of Sir Roderick Glossop. She and Bertie Wooster were once engaged for at least two weeks as a result of the machinations of Bertie's Aunt Agatha. Her idea of "molding" Bertie is to take him around art galleries and concerts and to read to him from the writings of Ruskin. She is a large, brainy, and strenuous girl whom Bertie thinks may have boxed for the 'Varsity.
Richard (Bingo) Little
Bingo Little and Bertie Wooster have known each other since their earliest childhood. Born in the same village within days of each other, they went through kindergarten, Eton, and Oxford together and have enjoyed each others company in London.
After many youthful infatuations, he marries the famous authoress Rosie M Banks. His uncle, Lord Bittlesham, eventually settles a generous allowance on him, but before that, he and Bertie go through many a scrape together. When another wealthy uncle dies, Bingo inherits a sizable income and a fine estate near Norwich.
Rosie M. Banks
Rosie M. Banks is the celebrated female novelist who meets Bingo Little while she is working as a waitress in a London club to get material for one of her books. She and Bingo get married and retire to life in on an estate near Norwich.
Augustus (Gussie) Fink-Nottle
Gussie Fink-Nottle is a young acquaintance of Bertie Wooster. He has spent a lot of his early life living in almost hermit-like conditions in the country, where he has been able to indulge his passion for the study of newts. He misses the chance to overcome his inhibitions and court Madeline Bassett at a fancy dress ball in London. He is then introduced to Aunt Dahlia as a guest at Brinkley Court where Madeline Bassett is also a guest. Aunt Dahlia inveigles him to be the Prize Giver and Speaker at the local grammar school in Market Snodsbury.
Madeline Bassett is the young lady with whom Gussie Fink-Nottle is in love. She was at Cannes when Bertie Wooster and his Aunt Dahlia were staying there.
Eustace and Claude
Eustace and Claude are younger relatives of Bertie Wooster, and are first encountered at Twing Hall where they are being tutored in the classics by Rev. Heppenstall. Later, the twins are expelled from Oxford University and are sent to South Africa by Aunt Agatha, who asks Bertie to look after them for one night.
Monsieur Anatole is the renowned chef at Brinkley Court. His gourmet cuisine is the only cooking that Tom Travers can tolerate, and invitations to dine at Brinkley Court, usually issued by Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia (Mrs. Travers), are widely sought after. He is originally from Provence but was previously in the employ of people with American connections
Cousin Thomas is the young son of Aunt Agatha. He is tutored by the impecunious Bingo Little. He maroons the Right Hon. Mr. Filmer on a lake at his aunts' estate and also participates in the Good Behavior cup at Brinkley Court.
Cyril Bassington-Bassington is the son of a friend of Aunt Agatha's who contacts Bertie Wooster during his stay in New York with a letter of introduction. He has theatrical pretensions but his father wants him to take up a career in the diplomatic corp.
Mr. Blumenfield is the theatrical producer that Bertie and Jeeves meet in New York who later turns up in London. He has a son on whom he places confidence as the arbiter of public taste in theatrical matters.
Lord Bittlesham is Bingo Little's wealthy uncle on whom he relies for an allowance. Lord Bittlesham owns a racehorse called Ocean Breeze, and is a great fan of the romantic novels published under the name of Rosie M. Banks.
Charlotte Corday Rowbotham
Charlotte Corday is the daughter of the noted socialist revolutionary comrade Rowbotham. Bingo Little has become infatuated with her and pretends to be a socialist revolutionary as well.
Wickhammersely is the lord of the manor at Twing Hall. He was a great friend of Bertie Wooster's father when he was alive.
Lady Cynthia Wickhammersely
Lady Cynthia is the youngest daughter of Lord Wickhammersely. She and Bertie Wooster once had an affair but they are now pals. Bingo Little becomes infatuated with her when he is at Twing Hall to tutor Cynthia's brother. She eventually becomes engaged to Reverend Bates, the nephew of the Reverend Heppenstall.
The Right Reverend Heppenstall
The Right Reverend Heppenstall is the Vicar at Twing Hall. He is tutoring a group of Oxford undergraduates when Bertie and Jeeves descend on Twing Hall to escape the summer heat in London.
Miss Mary Burgess
Miss Mary Burgess is the niece of Reverend Mr. Heppenstall; she is staying at Twing Vicarage. Bingo Little falls in love with her but has a rival in the form of Heppenstall's new curate, Mr. Wingham.
The Right Honorable Mr. Filmer
Mr. Filmer is a cabinet minister and president of the Anti-Tobacco League. Aunt Agatha invites him to stay at Woollam Chertsey in the vain hope of getting Bertie Wooster to be his personal secretary.
Mr. Sipperley, or Old Sippy as he is known to Bertie Wooster, is an old friend who once gained fame by doing thirty days without the option for punching a policeman in the stomach on Boat-Race night. He is now the editor of the Mayfair Gazette and is madly in love with a Miss Gwendolen Moon.
Miss Gwladys Pendlebury
Miss Pendlebury is an artist that Bertie Wooster met at a party in Chelsea. Bertie is madly in love with her and cancels the trip on his Aunt Dahlia's yacht in the Mediterranean, to which he is invited, to ward off the attentions of his rival Lucius Pim. She drives a little red sports car at great speed.
Mr. Slingsby is a very successful businessman who owns "Slingsby's Superb Soups" and who misconstrues Bertie Wooster's intentions when he sends flowers to his wife. He negotiates the copyright for the portrait of Bertram Wooster to use as part of a publicity campaign.
Clementina is the thirteen-year-old niece of Bobbie Wickham who attends Saint Monica's at Bingley on Sea and who is meant to be in her dormitory and not having dinner with Bertie Wooster and Miss Roberta Wickham.
Mr. Anstruther is an old friend of Aunt Dahlia's late father. He is a septuagenarian and given to nervous breakdowns. In an effort to secure peace while he is a guest at Brinkley Court, he devises a Good Conduct competition between the small boys also staying there.
Uncle George (also known as "Piggy") has become Lord Yaxley. He is reacquainted with the love of his youth, Maudie. He is what is called a "prominent London Club man".
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