The Code of the Woosters

Sat 17 November 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

What exactly is "The Code of the Woosters"? If you've read about Bertie Wooster, you may imagine it refers to the drinking binges or getting engaged every other morning but breaking up by evening.

Bertie is recovering from a bachelor party hosted for his friend Gussie engaged to Madeline (no prizes for guessing that Bertie was engaged to her previously) when his Aunt Dahlia dispatches him to depress the price of a cow creamer for her husband. On the job, Bertie bumps into Sir Bassett, his uncle's rival cow cream collector and a judge who had convicted Bertie for a petty theft earlier. Bertie fumbles at the task and is mistaken for a 'pincher' but escapes the wrath of the judge by fleeing the scene. Circumstances compel him to visit the Bassett's residence to reconcile Madeline (daughter of Sir Bassett) with Gussie but his visit rouses suspicions of his intentions as Sir Bassett has purchased the cow creamer. As always, Bertie ends up in a thicker soup and Jeeves brings his life ashore.

As in Jeeves' series, the ending is a happy one with Bertie accomplishing his primary task of mending the broken engagement of his best friend Gussie and Madeline and living up to "The Code of the Woosters" of "Never letting a pal down".

Despite the plot being predictable, the sheer number of times Bertie finds himself in the dock yet manages to wriggle out from each of them makes the book a delight to read.