Indiscretions of Archie by P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse wrote a great deal of comedy about a wide range of characters, all of it situational. “The Indiscretions of Archie” is another one of his novels.

Archie is a young Englishman, moving to America after fighting in France during World War I. He meets and marries Lucille Brewster, daughter of Daniel Brewster, owner of the Cosmopolis hotel in New York City. After they are married Archie and Lucille return to New York to meet her father, and ask a favor of him. Archie has no money, and he has no job, so they need room and board until he can find something that will support them.

Mr. Brewster is not happy with this arrangement but he sees no way to turn them down. He can’t turn his own daughter out on the street can he? Things are complicated by the fact that, previous to meeting Lucille, Archie stayed one night in the Cosmopolis and upon leaving insulted the hotel for not polishing his boots while he slept. Insulting the Cosmopolis is an unforgivable crime in Mr. Brewster’s eyes.

What follows is a series of comedic situations caused by Archie’s search for employment, to please his Father-in-law, or to help his unfortunate friends.

P. G. Wodehouse is all comedy. There is no deeper message of political import or social commentary such as Mark Twain’s comedic books. The sole purpose of his writing is to make you laugh.

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