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.

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"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
Worms,
Toads,
Frogs,
And nameless creeping things;
And all around
Desolation,
Doom,
Dyspepsia,
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."
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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.

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'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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