Jeeves at Christmas Time:
It’s our behavior to re-read one among our favorite Christmas tales around Christmas time every year — aloud if anybody will pay attention, silently if not. Usually, as not, it is A Christmas Carol, of which Emsworth by no means tires. Typically it is one among Dickens’s lesser Christmas tales, generally O. Henry’s “The Present of the Magi.” This Christmas Eve, we fell merrily again on P.G. Wodehouse’s solely Christmas story, “Jeeves and the Yuletide-Tide Spirit.”
I do not suppose Wodehouse has a lot of popularity as a Christmas writer. Dickens does, in good half due to his prolonged descriptions of the Cratchit household’s Christmas ceremonial dinner and the shenanigans underneath the mistletoe on the Wardles’ (Pickwick Papers, chapter 28). However, Bertie Wooster passes evenly over the small print of the Christmas bash at Skeldings, the nation residence of Woman Wickham:
It being Christmas Eve, there was, as I had foreseen, a great deal of revelry and what not; in order that it wasn’t until the previous one which I bought for my room.
On with the story, Wodehouse will need to have thought.
Each Wodehouse and Dickens give us their characters waking up with their servants on Christmas morning. From “Jeeves and the Yuletide-Tide Spirit,” a passage that reminded us of Scrooge waking up after his evening with the ghosts of Christmas Previous, Christmas Current, and Christmas Future:
I may have sworn I hadn’t a lot as dozed off for even a minute; however, apparently, I had. For the curtains had been drawn again and daylight was coming in by means of the window, and there was Jeeves with a cup of tea on a tray.
“Merry Christmas, sir!”
And from Pickwick Papers, chapter 30:
“Properly, Sam,” stated Mr. Pickwick as that favored servitor entered his bed-chamber together with his heat water, on the morning of Christmas Day, “nonetheless frosty?”
“Water within the wash-hand basin’s a mask o’ ice, Sir,” responded Sam.
“Extreme climate, Sam,” noticed Mr. Pickwick.
“Superb time for them as is effectively wrapped up, because the Polar Bear stated to himself ven he was practicing his skating,” replied Mr. Weller.
We candidly admit that the theme of Wodehouse’s story just isn’t truly one among peace on earth and good-will to males, like A Christmas Carol and the passages from Pickwick. “Jeeves and the Yuletide-Tide Spirit” is, as an alternative, a story of Bertie Wooster’s ill-advised infatuation with the red-headed Roberta Wickham and Bertie’s plan to revenge himself on his pal Tuppy Glossop for a sensible joke.
And it is one of many funniest issues ever written — actually, one of the vital hilarious tales Wodehouse himself ever wrote. Jeeves has a few of his finest strains ever, particularly when he is advising his grasp towards an alliance with Roberta Wickham:
“I’d all the time hesitate to advocate as a life’s companion a younger woman with such a vivid shade of crimson hair.”
Good cheer on Christmas Eve!