4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2008
The titular Henry is Henry Paradenen whom after a career treading the boards has unexpectedly inherited Ashby Hall and the families associated financial obligations. American multi-millionaire relative J. Wendell Stickney and has arrived and Henry is keen to unload the family pile on him whilst wooing Stickney's Aunt Kelly. Henry's niece, Jane, is also involved in one of the unfortunate Wodehouse engagements to an interior decorator, Lionel Green (whom previously appeared in `Money in the Bank' when he was unsuitably engaged to Anne Benedick), however Wodehouse hero Bill Hardy is on hand to give her the love she deserves.
With so much love and marriage going on the butler Ferris steals the show with his views on the matter, `Weren't you happy when you got married Ferris?', `No, Sir.', `Was Mrs Ferris?', `She appeared to take a certain girlish pleasure in the ceremony, Sir, but it soon blew over.' Ferries finally sums up `Marriage is not a process for prolonging the life of love, Sir. It merely mummifies its corpse.' Ferris first appeared in `The Small Bachelor' where he held the same views and used the same dialogue, however dialogue this good bears repeating.
Not the greatest Wodehouse novel and clearly written after his prime, however second rate Wodehouse is better than the best of the next brightest.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Written very late in life, this book shows that some of the sharpness had gone out of his writing. This is hardly suprising though and there are still some nuggets in here that will reward the reader. There is a degree of confusion in the plot that a younger Wodhouse would have tidied up but all in all, whilst still worth reading as one of his harder to find books, I'm afraid this is Wodehouse on the wane.