Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing gloves.
-P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves,1930.
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But Wodehouse! Read him while you yet can!
In an adolescence spent reading Billy Bunter, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, he shone like a literary star in a dark generation. And he was funny! The one that sticks in my memory was the book where they were running a sweepstakes on how many minutes the sermon would run for in the local village churches on a particular Sunday. They had a dead cert for under 10 minutes, but at the last minute an over-enthusiastic curate had to step into the breach...
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