I had forgotten that I had already read "Big Money" by P.G.Wodehouse, but this is no bad thing because it's a rollicking read. The story is a typical Wodehouse farce, with many great lines, some of which are copied down below.
'It charmed her to think her long-range estimate of this young man had not been at fault. She had classed him on sight as one who lived dangerously and dashingly, and she had been right.'
'In a hundred beds a hundred young man stopped drinking their tea in order to give that notice their undivided attention (re the marriage announcement of Ann Moon).'
'He intrigued her, this lean, slim young man with his keen face and fine shoulders. He had an air, she thought, of one who did things. He somehow suggested brave adventures. She could picture herself, for instance, trapped in a burning house and this young man leaping gallantly to the rescue. She could see herself assailed by thugs and this young man felling them with a series of single blows.'
'It was quite evident to him by now that he had happened upon the one number of the opposite sex who might have been constructed from his own specifications.'
'Like an enthusisatic but ill-advised sportsman in the jungles of India who has caught a tiger by the tail, he was feeling that he was alright so far, but that his next move would require a certain amount of careful thought.'
'I shall sell a few trinkets and obtain a bit of ready for necessary expenses...'
'That grandparent of yours must have a perfect mass of brain cells. I expect they run excursion trains up to see him.'
'In moments of mild peril the mind moves quickly.'
'Then, lighting a cigar, he gave hismelf up to meditation. The sunshine which so recently had bathed his world had vanished. There had been a total eclipse.'
And some nice Wodehousian lingo:
- 'The very sound of the word is balm.'
- 'Bitter lemon.''