Saturday, January 09, 2016

Book: Meet Mr Mulliner by P.G. Wodehouse

Meet Mr Mulliner presents a collection of hilarious family tales told by the great yarn-spinner Mr Mulliner. This is Wodehouse at his very best. Highly recommended.


Memorable lines and snippets

My dear Augustine (wrote Angela Mulliner), 

I have been thinking so much about you lately, and I cannot forget that, when I saw you last, you seemed very fragile and deficient in vitamins. I do hope you take care of yourself .
I have been feeling for some time that you ought to take a tonic, and by a lucky chance Wilfred has just invented one which he tells me is the finest thing he has ever done. It is called Buck-U-Uppo, and acts directly on the red corpuscles. It is not yet on the market, but I have managed to smuggle a sample bottle from Wilfred's laboratory, and I want you to try it at once. I am sure it is just what
vou need.

Your affectionate aunt,

Angela Mulliner.


"DARKLING (A Threnody).
By L. Bassington Mulliner.

(Copyright in all languages, including the Scandinavian.)

" Black branches,
Like a corpse s withered hands,
Waving against the blacker sky :
Chill winds,
Bitter like the tang of half-remembered sins;
Bats wheeling mournfully through the air,
And on the ground
And nameless creeping things;
And all around
And Despair.
I am a bat that wheels through the air of Fate:
I am a worm that wriggles in a swamp of Disillusionment;
I am a despairing toad;
I have got dyspepsia."

What with taxes and super-taxes and death duties and falling land-values, there has of recent years
been very, very little of the right stuff in the Biddlecombe sock. Shake the family money-box and you will hear but the faintest rattle.


'He shut his eyes, and presently sleep, which has been well called Tired Nature's Sweet Restorer, brought oblivion.'

'oblige me'

'sorrow and disillusionment racked within Mulliner like a physical pain.'

'a warm performer on the Stock Exchange'

'a devil of a fellow'

'his morale had been shattered into fragments'

'the man of action and the man of letters do not always go hand in hand.'

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