One of the earlier Jeeves and Wooster novels, The Code of the Woosters involves 1) Bertie's Aunt Dahlia wanting him to sneer at a cow-creamer that's for sale so her husband can haggle the price down, 2) Sit Watkyn, a retired magistrate who once had Bertie hauled in front of him for a mistaken case of purse-snatching, and who gets to the cow-creamer first, 3) Bertie accidentally stealing Sir Watkyn's umbrella, 4) a broken engagement between Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett, the latter to whom Bertie was once accidentally engaged, 5) Stiffy Byng, Sir Watkyn's niece who wants Bertie to help her marry his old friend Stinker Pinker, 6) a Very Dangerous Notebook that mustn't ever leave Gussie's side, 7) Anatole, a gastronomical wonder, and 8) Roderick Spode, a "big chap with a small moustache and the sort of eye that can open an oyster at sixty paces."
Bertie is tasked with fixing everybody's problems, which in turn means Jeeves is tasked with fixing everybody's problems, which is no easy feat, since every person at Totleigh Towers has multiple conflicting opinions of who should marry whom, and and who should own which cow creamer, and so on and so forth. The Very Dangerous Notebook gets used as a bargaining chip by almost everybody after it inevitably leaves Gussie's side. Everything goes wrong, as everything must, before everything gets sorted out, and Jeeves even gets to go on a cruise around the world by the end. Classic, funny Jeeves and Wooster story.
I Am Still Alive. Basically.
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