Some of you faithful followers may have noticed that there was no weekly Wodehouse quote last week. This was in part because I was sick and in part because my children were both sick and in part because I was also busy with some other time-sensitive projects. We are luckily all better, but unfortunately the time-sensitive project has failed and time has become even more pressing for that particular project. So blogging will have to take a bit of a back seat over the next two weeks, for which I apologise.
With regards to the weekly Wodehouse quote: I am not planning to stop it, but I think it would be good to change it to a Weekly Quote in general. Although Wodehouse is absolutely fantastic, I have to agree with Douglas Adams here, who said so eloquently in the foreword of Sunset at Blandings:
We Wodehouse fans are very fond of phoning each other up with new discoveries. But we may do the great man a disservice when we pull out our favourite quotes in public, like, ‘Ice formed on the butler’s upper slopes’, or ‘like so many substantial Americans, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag’ or (here I go again) my current favourite, ‘He spun round with a sort of guilty bound, like an adagio dancer surprised while watering the cat’s milk’, because, irreducibly wonderful though they are, by themselves they are a little like stuffed fish on a mantelpiece. You need to see them in action to get the full effect. There is not much in Freddie Threepwood’s isolated line, ‘I have here in this sack a few simple rats’ to tell you that when you read it in context you are at the pinnacle of one of the most sublime moment in all English literature.
So as of this week, there will be quotes by different authors. There will still be the odd Wodehouse quote, for how can I ignore his brilliant phrases, but I will also let some other authors in the spotlight. If you miss the Wodehouse quotes, why not pick up one of his books and read those wonderful lines in the context they were meant for?