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Indiscretions of Archie

Indiscretions of Archie

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Published by: Archana Diwakar Ranjish on Mar 10, 2011
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indiscretions of archieINDISCRETIONS OF ARCHIEP. G. WODEHOUSEIt wasn't Archie's fault really. Its true he went to America andfell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotelproprietor and if he did marry her--well, what else was there to do?From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg;but Mr. Brewster, his father-in-law, thought differently, Archie hadneither money nor occupation, which was distasteful in the eyes ofthe industrious Mr. Brewster; but the real bar was the fact that hehad once adversely criticised one of his hotels.Archie does his best to heal the breach; but, being something of anass, genus priceless, he finds it almost beyond his powers toplacate "the man-eating fish" whom Providence has given him as afather-in-lawINDISCRETIONS OF ARCHIEBYP. G. WODEHOUSEAUTHOR OF "THE LITTLE WARRIOR," "A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS," "UNEASYMONEY," ETC.NEW YORKGEORGE H. DORAN COMPANYPage 1
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indiscretions of archieCOPYRIGHT,1921, BY GEORGE H, DORAN COMPANYCOPYRIGHT, 1920, BY INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE COMPANY (COSMOPOLITANMAGAZINE)PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICADEDICATION TO B. W. KING-HALLMy dear Buddy,--We have been friends for eighteen years. A considerable proportionof my books were written under your hospitable roof. And yet I havenever dedicated one to you. What will be the verdict of Posterity onthis? The fact is, I have become rather superstitious aboutdedications. No sooner do you label a book with the legend--TO MYBEST FRIENDXthan X cuts you in Piccadilly, or you bring a lawsuit against him.There is a fatality about it. However, I can't imagine anyonequarrelling with you, and I am getting more attractive all the time,so let's take a chance.Yours ever,P. G. WODEHOUSE.CONTENTSI DISTRESSING SCENE IN A HOTELII A SHOCK FOR MR. BREWSTERIII MR. BREWSTER DELIVERS SENTENCEIV WORK WANTEDV STRANGE EXPERIENCE OF AN ARTIST'S MODELVI THE BOMBVII MR. ROSCOE SHERRIFF HAS AN IDEAVIII A DISTURBED NIGHT FOR DEAR OLD SQUIFFYPage 2
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indiscretions of archieIX A LETTER FROM PARKERX DOING FATHER A BIT OF GOODXI SALVATORE CHOOSES THE WRONG MOMENTXII BRIGHT EYES-AND A FLYXIII RALLYING ROUND PERCYXIV THE SAD CASE OF LOONEY BIDDLEXV SUMMER STORMSXVI ARCHIE ACCEPTS A SITUATIONXVII BROTHER BILL'S ROMANCEXVIII THE SAUSAGE CHAPPIEXIX REGGIE COMES TO LIFEXX THE SAUSAGE CHAPPIE CLICKSXXI THE-GROWING BOYXXII WASHY STEPS INTO THE HALL OF FAMEXXIII MOTHER'S-KNEEXXIV THE MELTING OF MR. CONNOLLYXXV THE WIGMORE VENUSXXVI A TALE OF A GRANDFATHERCHAPTER IDISTRESSING SCENE"I say, laddie!" said Archie."Sir?" replied the desk-clerk alertly. All the employes of the HotelCosmopolis were alert. It was one of the things on which Mr. DanielBrewster, the proprietor, insisted. And as he was always wanderingabout the lobby of the hotel keeping a personal eye on affairs, itwas never safe to relax."I want to see the manager.""Is there anything I could do, sir?"Archie looked at him doubtfully."Well, as a matter of fact, my dear old desk-clerk," he said, "Iwant to kick up a fearful row, and it hardly seems fair to lug youPage 3
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