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The Politeness of Princes and Other School Stories   By: (1881-1975)

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The Politeness of Princes and Other School Stories by P. G. Wodehouse is a delightful collection of tales set in the world of British boarding schools. Known primarily for his comedic novels and for creating iconic characters like Jeeves and Wooster, Wodehouse showcases his immense talent for storytelling in this lesser-known but equally charming book.

Each story in this collection offers a unique and humorous take on the lives of schoolboys, capturing the essence of adolescence and the camaraderie that exists within these institutions. Wodehouse's brilliant and witty narrative style infuses the stories with an unmistakable charm that keeps readers hooked from the very first page.

One of the highlights of this collection is the wholesome and innocent portrayal of school life. Wodehouse captures the essence of childhood friendships, rivalries, and the importance of maintaining a sense of honor. The characters are vividly drawn, with each story offering a fresh and engaging cast that mirrors the diversity of personalities found within school settings.

The author's ability to create humor out of everyday situations shines through in every story. His clever use of wordplay, witty dialogue, and intricately woven plotlines make it impossible not to laugh out loud as the characters navigate their way through humorous predicaments. Wodehouse's mastery of comedic timing is evident, with his knack for building up anticipation and delivering hilarious punchlines that leave readers in stitches.

Despite the book's focus on school life, Wodehouse effortlessly touches upon themes that resonate with readers of all ages. Friendship, loyalty, and the importance of being true to oneself are recurring motifs that add depth and meaning to each story. These universal themes, coupled with Wodehouse's comedic genius, make The Politeness of Princes and Other School Stories a truly enjoyable read for readers young and old.

One minor drawback of the collection is its brevity; readers may find themselves wanting more of Wodehouse's enchanting storytelling. However, this is a small price to pay for the sheer joy and entertainment offered within these pages.

In conclusion, The Politeness of Princes and Other School Stories is a gem in P. G. Wodehouse's vast repertoire. With its hilarious anecdotes, endearing characters, and timeless themes, this collection is a testament to Wodehouse's skill as a writer. Whether you are a fan of his work or new to his world, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking laughter, warmth, and a delightful journey into the heart of British school life.

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THE POLITENESS OF PRINCES and Other School Stories

By P. G. Wodehouse










The painful case of G. Montgomery Chapple, bachelor, of Seymour's house, Wrykyn. Let us examine and ponder over it.

It has been well said that this is the age of the specialist. Everybody, if they wish to leave the world a better and happier place for their stay in it, should endeavour to adopt some speciality and make it their own. Chapple's speciality was being late for breakfast. He was late not once or twice, but every day. Sometimes he would scramble in about the time of the second cup of coffee, buttoning his waistcoat as he sidled to his place. Generally he would arrive just as the rest of the house were filing out; when, having lurked hidden until Mr. Seymour was out of the way, he would enter into private treaty with Herbert, the factotum, who had influence with the cook, for Something Hot and maybe a fresh brew of coffee. For there was nothing of the amateur late breakfaster about Chapple. Your amateur slinks in with blushes deepening the naturally healthy hue of his face, and, bolting a piece of dry bread and gulping down a cup of cold coffee, dashes out again, filled more with good resolutions for the future than with food... Continue reading book >>

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